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Bluethroat
Luscinia svecica

Map of the common names


Description
Small bird (L 14 cm). Appart from blue throat/breast pattern, the broad pale supercilium are important species criteria in the field. Breeds commonly in luxurian birch forest and willow terrain, often beside running water, along lakeshores and ditch banks with bushes. In south of Spain, the species nests up to 1,600 m, in areas of Cytisus purgans and Erica arborea. It feeds mainly on insects, but also seeds and berries. Migrant.


Watercolour by Serge Nicolle


Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
In the EU, there are three different Bluethroat subspecies, one of these L. s. namnetum is endemic. The causes of the decline of the species are considered to be due primarily to habitat loss and deterioration through conversion to forestry and agricultural intensification.


Distribution map


yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor


Population :
300,000 / 500,000 pairs


Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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