Bluethroat Luscinia svecica   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Turdidae
BTO Codes: BU, BLUTH EURING No: 11060
Number in Britain: 113 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Breeder, Passage Visitor
Subspecies: svecica (BP), cyanecula (V) recorded in Britain (of 10 subsp. in the world)
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 22 cm Weight: M/F: 20 g    
Scientific name from: L.: luscinia=nightingale and L.: suecicus=Swedish
World Distribution: BREEDS: n&e Europe, n&e Asia, Alaska, WINTERS: w&n Africa, s Asia
Habitat: Damp scrub, tundra
Diet: Invertebrates, some seeds and fruit, will turn over leaves/soil searching
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: Atlas Mapstore   
British Population Size:
    Passage: 113 individuals
    First Record: Northumerland, 1826
    First Breeding Record: Inverness-shire 1968
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
European Population Size:
    Summer: 1 to 1.8 million pairs
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(I), WBD (I), Bern(III), Bonn(II)
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 18 x 14 mm Egg Weight: 2.0 g (of which 5 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 5 - 7 eggs
Incubation: 14- 15 days   by the: Female
Fledging: 14 - 15days as: Altricial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Does not breed in Britain, or too few Nest Records
Number of Broods: 1-2
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: No data
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: 2 years 2 months 9 days (set in 1989)
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries


Ring Size: A
Wing Length Adult: 74.8 ± 2.4 Range 71 - 78.5 mm, N =64
Juvenile: 74.0 ± 2.9 69 - 79 mm, N =52
Male: 76.1 ± 1.9 72 - 79 mm, N =37
Female: 73.0 ± 1.7 70 - 75 mm, N =27
Weight Adult: 16.70 ± 2.16 Range 14.10 - 20.40 g , N =63
Juvenile: 16.55 ± 2.87 13.50 - 25.00 g , N =53
Male: 16.93 ± 1.84 14.30 - 21.00 g , N =36
Female: 16.40 ± 2.52 13.90 - 18.90 g , N =27
British Trust for Ornithology (2005) Ringing Scheme data

Other Names

Gaelic: Ňranaiche Welsh: Bronlas
Danish: Blĺhals Dutch: Blauwborst
Finnish: Sinirinta French: Gorgebleue
German: Blaukehlchen Hungarian: Kékbegy
Icelandic: Blábrystingur Irish: Gormphíb
Italian: Pettazzurro Norwegian: Blĺstrupe
Polish: Podrózniczek Portuguese: Pisco-de-peito-azul
Spanish: Pechiazul Swedish: Blĺhake

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