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Acrylic on illustration board
8" x 10"
The 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.