Order Passeriformes    Family Muscicapidae - North America

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.

Genus Luscinia

Bluethroat   Luscinia svecica   Found: North America (rare), Europe, Asia, Africa
The Bluethroat has a grayish brown back, white supercilium, whitish belly. The male has a blue bib edged below with successive black, white and rust colored borders. Female has a blackish crescent on the throat and breast.
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

Genus Oenanthe

Wheatear, Northern Oenanthe oenanthe   Found: northeast Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa
The Northern Wheatear has white belly and tail.  Breeding male has gray upperparts; black wings; buff throat. Female has buff upperparts; darker brown wings; white belly.  Nonbreeding male resembles female.
Image by:  1) Joseph Mochoge - Eburu Kenya  2) Frank Vassen - Belgium  3) Cristiano Crolle - near Novara, Italy  4)  Mark Medcalf - Scotland    5)  Philippe Kurlapski  6) Dick Daniels - Scotland  
1, 2) Female  3) Nonbreeding male  4, 5,, 6) Breeding male

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