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Braggart of Bharatpur: Bluethroat

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

(Nikon D5600, 200-500mm lens; 1/500, f/5.6, ISO125; hand-held)

Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is a colourful migratory chat that winters in the Indian subcontinent and north Africa, and breeds across the Palearctic realm into western Alaska. It appears dull brown from above with orange edges to a black tail, but it is its frontal view that distinguishes a Bluethroat, as is suggested by its name. Breeding male Bluethroat has an electric blue bib, with a white or red central spot, that is bordered below by two stripes; one black and the other, chestnut. Non-breeding males have lesser colour on the throat while females mostly have a black crescent over a creamy base. It is a secretive bird and is usually seen hopping on the ground, ready to take quick cover under the bushes. Male has a variable song that includes imitation of sounds of other species.

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