Nightingale Bird Behavior

The voice of a male nightingale is celebrated as one of the most beautiful of the bird kingdom. His song varies by season and circumstances. It is richest, loudest and most often performed in late spring, when the male sings at night to attract a mate and to proclaim territory.These arias are delivered from the same perches night after night, often high up and exposed. By day, his songs are less varied and are delivered in shorter bursts.

The male performs a quieter version of his song when courting a female, and maintains contact with her with short fragments of song. In the event of danger; both sexes have croaking alarm calls.

A. Change of tune The male nightingale has a wide repertoire of songs.

The nightingale selects a new partner each year; often returning to a previous site. The male returns from his overwintering grounds before the female to establish a territory He attracts potential mates by singing and then displays at close range.

After mating, the female builds a cup-shaped nest of dead leaves and coarse grass. She incubates the eggs alone, but both parents feed the nestlings during the two weeks of rapid growth between their hatching and leaving the nest.

^ Pulling out The mother keeps the nest clean by removing the nestlings' fecal sacs.

MAKING LOCAL CALLS

O Serenade.

The male nightingale stands stiffly with his wings spread as he sings to inform migrating females of his presence at a breeding territory.

O Serenade.

The male nightingale stands stiffly with his wings spread as he sings to inform migrating females of his presence at a breeding territory.

He lowers his voice as a female arrives, then displays to her at close range, fanning his tail and excitedly quivering his wings.

He lowers his voice as a female arrives, then displays to her at close range, fanning his tail and excitedly quivering his wings.

Conceal.

After mating, the female collects dead leaves to make the foundation of her nest under vegetation, near or on the ground

The orange mouths of the chicks may stimulate the parent into bringing food. The most aggressive chick is often fed first.

Conceal.

After mating, the female collects dead leaves to make the foundation of her nest under vegetation, near or on the ground

The orange mouths of the chicks may stimulate the parent into bringing food. The most aggressive chick is often fed first.

conservation

Like most songbirds, the nightingale suffers as habitats dwindle and pollutants enter the food chain. Numbers fluctuate year to year and vary locally: of the 10,000 pairs in the Netherlands, more are in the west than in the south and east. British populations, currently around 6,000 pairs, are declining. Overall, however, the species is not in serious decline.

OFILE Nightingale

Long legs and large feet enable the nightingale to hop among leaf litter; it is camouflaged by its reddish-brown plumage.

The large, black eye is emphasized by a narrow ring of white feathers. The bird's eyesight is good enough to spot insects moving in leaf litter.

Juvenile

The young nightingale is mottled on the head, back and breast. It is similar to a juvenile European robin but has a reddish tail and slimmer build.

Nightingale Clip Art

The nightingale has typical perching feet — three toes pointing forward, one pointing backward. The foot spreads widely, enabling the bird to feed on the ground.

The nightingale snaps up small insects in its slender bill.When the male sings, he puffs out his throat feathers.

creature comparisons

The nightingale snaps up small insects in its slender bill.When the male sings, he puffs out his throat feathers.

The nightingale has typical perching feet — three toes pointing forward, one pointing backward. The foot spreads widely, enabling the bird to feed on the ground.

creature comparisons

Nightingale

Thrush nightingale

The nightingale's counterpart to the north and east of its range in Europe and Asia is the thrush nightingale (Luscinia luscinia). Unlike its relative, the thrush nightingale is restricted to lowlands and avoids dry areas. However; both birds are found in woods near waterThe two species are similar-looking; even their voices are hard to tell apart, although the nightingale is the more versatile singerThe song of the nightingale is more melodic and contains fewer harsh sounds, but it is weaker than that of its relative.The thrush nightingale has obscure gray breast spots, like those of the song thrush (hence the name) and duller upperparts than the nightingale.

Nightingale

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STATISTICS

; Weight 0.6-1 oz.

■ Length

6.5"

j wlngspan

9-10.5"

Sexual W Maturity

1 year

Breeding Season

May-June

Number ^ of Eggs

4-5

Incubation Period

13 days

Fledging Period

11 days

| Typical \ Diet

Insects and their larvae, spiders, fruit and berries

| Lifespan

Up to 8 years

Thrush nightingale

• The nightingale is I of 10 species in the genus Luscinia. The other species tend to be more brightly colored, but their songs are not as melodic as the nightingale's. They include the Siberian rubythroat, L. calliope, and the bluethroat, L. svecica, which breeds in Europe, Scandinavia and northern Asia. Luscinia belongs to family Turdidae, which has more than 300 members worldwide.

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