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19

Common Nightingale

(Luscinia megarhynchos)
Alternate name(s): "Nightingale", "Rufous Nightingale"
German name(s): "Nachtigall"

Size: 15-16.5 cm; wing span 23-26 cm
Weight: 20-36 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Nightingale at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a singing Common Nightingale; this is the bird whose song was recorded on 18 April 2020
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2020]

Near-lateral view of a Common Nightingale (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2020]

Near-lateral view of a singing Common Nightingale; this is the bird whose song was recorded on 18 April 2020
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2020]

Lateral view of an adult Common Nightingale (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[5 km South-east of Temerin, Serbia, July 2016]

Lateral view of a Common Nightingale foraging for insects (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Food, Diet

Near-lateral view of a Common Nightingale with its prey, a small insect (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Common Nightingale with its prey, a small insect (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

nitgale_jp_20200418.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20190412.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20190412_2.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20190413.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20180523.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20180528.m4a (Portugal) Territorial calls © JP
nitgale_jp_20190521.m4a (Portugal) Various © JP

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