Luscinia svecica

Possible regional races (polytypic)
-L. s. pallidogularis
-L. s. abotti
-L. s. svecica

Sultanpur National Park, Haryana, India, 8th Dec., 2005.Sariska National Park, Rajasthan, India, 4th Nov., 2005.
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Very abundant in the grass plains west of the canal. It comes out habitually into burnt-up open patches to feed. It is silent. It has the habit of running with great speed about ten feet at a time, then stopping suddenly, elevating and jerking its tail a good deal when stopping still. It is by no means shy.
The blue of the throat and breast is very pale, but the buff patch is large and bright. It is in this specimen nearly surrounded by a broad black line, which takes the form of a triangle, the base of which is the pectoral band and the apex on the gullet where, however, the two sides do not quite meet. The pectoral band is comparatively narrow, and there is hardly a trace of rufous below it. It measured: - Length, 15; expanse, 22; tail, 5; wing, 6; bill from gape, 2; tarsus, 3; the ovaries were still small. In this bird the iris was dark brown; the eyelids, plumbeous; the bill, black; the gape and inside of the mouth, yellow; the claws, dark brown; and while in the female legs were dark purplish black, in the male they were dusky flesh-colour.
Oates, Eugene W. 1875. Notes On Some Burmese Birds. Stray Feathers III: 335-350.

Original measurements in Inches have been changed to cms.: Ed.


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