MUSCICAPIDAE- The World

Muscicapidae is a large family of small birds restricted to the Old World. These are mainly small arboreal insectivores, many of which, take their prey on the wing. The appearance of these birds is very varied, but they mostly have weak songs and harsh calls. They vary 10 to 21 cm. Many species are a dull brown in color. Most have broad, flattened, bill, suited to catching insects in flight, although the few ground foraging species typically have finer bills. They live in almost every environment with a suitable supply of trees, from dense forest to open scrub. The more northerly species migrate south in winter, ensuring a continuous diet of insects.


ROBINs

Order Passeriformes    Family Muscicapidae


Genus Erithacus - 1 species

Robin (European) Erithacus rubecula   Found: Europe, Asia
Image by: 1) Dick - England  2) Juan Emilio 3) Causinho 4) Dick Daniels - Scotland 
1) Juvenile



Genus Luscinia
Found: Europe, Asia, Africa

Bluethroat   Luscinia svecica   Found: North America (rare), Europe, Asia, Africa
Image by:  1) Sergey Yeliseev - Egypt  2) Yogendra Joshi - India   3) J M Garg - India  4)   Killer_9394
   5) Bogomolov - Moscow region  6) Daniel_Bastaja   7) Vitaliy Khustochka - Ukraine   8) Yuriy75 - Baikonur, Kazakhstan  9) Cristiano Crolle - Texel, Holland
1) First winter  2, 3, 4) Female  4 - 9) Male


Nightingale, Common  Luscinia megarhynchos  Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Common Nightingale has brown upperparts; reddish tail; white to buff underparts.
Similar to: Thrush Nightingale. Common Nightingale has some reddish coloring; Thrush Nightingale does not have any reddish coloring and is darker.
Image by:  1) J Dietrich  2) Charlie Westerinen - Germany  3) Le No - France  4) Cristiano Crolle - near Novara, Italy


Nightingale, Thrush  also  Sprosser  Luscinia luscinia  Found: Europe, Asia, Africa
The Thrush Nightingale has dark brown upperparts with an olive tinge; whitish chin and throat mottled with brown; spotted brown sides of throat.
Similar to: Common Nightingale. Common Nightingale has some reddish coloring; Thrush Nightingale does not have any reddish coloring and is darker.
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels - specimen in Nairobi National Museum, Kenya  2) Locaguapa  3) Frank Vassen - Poland






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