(Luscinia megarhychos)

Alert Status: Red - 93% decline


Identifying Features: Nightingales are slightly larger than robins, with a robust, broad-tailed, rather plain brown appearance. 
Average Length: 14 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 20-22.5 cm
Beak type: Insects


Natural: Mainly insects and berries
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Nesting: The nest is usually sited on the ground among leaf litter and twigs, among dense shrubbery in woods, orchards and gardens. The nest is constructed by the female from dead leaves and grass, and lined with fine grasses and hair.


Where to see: The nightingale is a secretive bird which likes to hide in the middle of impenetrable bushes or thicket. In the UK they breed mostly south of the Severn-Wash line and east from Dorset to Kent. Most likely to be found in the south east - Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent and Sussex.

Common Nightingale song by Ed Hutchings,
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