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Common Nightingale; Ruiseñor común

Luscinia megarhynchos


Small passerine bird (ca. 15 cm). It is plain brown above except for the reddish tail. It is bluff to white below. Sexes are similar. It is a migratory insectivorous species breeding in forest and scrub in Europe and south-west Asia. It winters in southern Africa. They frequently sing at night as well as during the day. The song is loud, with an impressive range of whistles, trills and gurgles. Its song is particularly noticeable at night because few other birds are singing. The song of the Nightingale has been described as one of the most beautiful sounds in nature, inspiring songs, fairy tales, opera, books, and a great deal of poetry.


Spotted at a meadow in an open Mediterranean forest with Holm oak and pine trees. Dehesa de Valdelatas


Camera Model: NIKON D500. Exposure Time: 1/500 sec.; f/11; ISO Speed Rating: 635. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash fired. DSC_3969, 70

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Lat: 40.53, Long: -3.69

Spotted on May 31, 2019
Submitted on Oct 9, 2019

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