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Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake


Thanks to SteveClifton and ClarkWGriswold at Birdforum I could identify this bird.

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The Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), called Blåhake in Skåne, is a small passerine bird that was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae. It, and similar small European species, are often called chats.

It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in wet birch wood or bushy swamp in Europe and Asia with a foothold in western Alaska. It nests in tussocks or low in dense bushes. It winters in north Africa and the Indian subcontinent.

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake

Range map
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Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Distribution of the bluethroat subspecies - Click HERE for full size map
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Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden, Germany
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The bluethroat is similar in size to the European Robin at 13–14 cm. It is plain brown above except for the distinctive black tail with red side patches. It has a strong white supercilium. The male has an iridescent blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust coloured borders.



Length: 13 - 14 cm
Wingspan: 23 cm
Weight: 15 - 23 g
Longevity: 8 Years
Distinctive Feature
Similar Species


From opus at www.birdforum.net


Some races, such as L. svecica svecica (red-spotted bluethroat) of northern Eurasia, have a red spot in the centre of the blue bib.

Others, such as L. svecica cyanecula (white-spotted bluethroat) of southern and central Europe, have a white spot in the centre of the blue bib. L. svecica magna in Turkey has no central spot.

Females of all races usually have just a blackish crescent on an otherwise cream throat and breast. Newly fledged juveniles are freckled and spotted dark brown above.

Despite the distinctive appearance of the males, recent genetic studies show only limited variation between the forms, and confirm that this is a single species.

Moults begins in July after breeding and is completed in 40–45 days, before the birds migrate.

The male has a varied and very imitative song. Its call is a typical chat chack noise.

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Conservation status
Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.



From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 11 July 2018
Location: Three-Country Cairn (Treriksröset)


Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Juvenile Bluethroat / Blåhake - Three-Country Cairn (Treriksröset) - 11 July 2018

Thanks to SteveClifton and lou salomon at Birdforum I could identify this bird.

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Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Male Bluethroat / Blåhake - Öland´s Södra Udde - 15 May 2019

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Male Bluethroat / Blåhake - Öland´s Södra Udde - 15 May 2019

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Male Bluethroat / Blåhake - Öland´s Södra Udde - 15 May 2019

Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica, Blåhake
Male Bluethroat / Blåhake - Öland´s Södra Udde - 15 May 2019



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