Luscinia svecica cyanecula

Interesting facts: The white-spotted bluethroat is a pretty, slender songbird with long legs. It settles in reedy shrubs in the lowlands or at the sea. As a fly catcher, it mainly feeds on insects. Similar to the robin, when looking for prey, it makes quick little jumps on the ground.

Characteristics: Distinctive supercilium, in Central Europe the male with a white spot in the blue bib (Image 1), in Northern Europe with a red spot, the female with a cream coloured bib (Image 2); plumage mainly grey-brown; hops mechanically on the ground

Body length: Less than 20 cm (sparrow length)

Distribution: Reed beds of ponds, lakes and rivers, lowland forests