to Gallery of Paintings in Private Collections
8" x 10"
striking bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) is distributed
widely through northern Eurasia, from Scandinavia and Spain through
northern Iran and Siberia, wintering from the Mediterranean and
Senegal through southern Asia. In recent years it has also established
itself in northwestern Alaska. Throughout its range this little
thrush, a close relative of the nightingale (L. megarhynchos),
haunts thick waterside brush, hunting insects and other small
creatures on or near the ground. The breeding male of this species
is unmistakeable, with his brilliant blue throat, which usually
contains a rufous or white spot.