Common Nightingale

Luscinia megarhynchos

(L. m. africana)

Armenian Name: Հարավային սոխակ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Common Nightingale

See Plate 44 for Common Nightingale and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:16.5 cm, Wing Span:23-26 cm
Distribution Map: Map 238.
Description: Rarely seen but often found due to its beautiful song.
Adult: Brown upperparts with bright brown-red tail; uniform grayish breast.
Juvenile: Browner below; densely spotted.
Similar Species: Adult differs from adult Thrush Nightingale by redder tail, uniformly-colored breast in spring, and more varied song.
Behavior: Stays low in dense shrubs. Sings mostly at night, also during the day.
Habitat: Scrubby woodlands, orchards.
Food: Invertebrates, seeds.
Nest: Cup of leaves and grass near or on ground.
Eggs: 21 mm, 4-5, pale blue, red-brown spots.