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Common nightingale


Common name Common nightingale
Scientific name Luscinia megarhynchos
Type Forest birds
Status Summer

Small bird (approx 17 cm or 6.5 in) with a homogeneous brown plumage in the upperparts, reddish tail and cream-colored clearer underparts. No differences between sexes. It can be distinguished from the Eurasian Reed-Warbler and the Cetti's Warbler by its reddish tail.


River and riverside

Where it lives

Woodland species that is usually hidden among the undergrowth in cool areas. Deciduous and riparian forests, marshy vegetation of streams and humid areas, borders with brambles and shrubs in pastures and crops, parks and gardens, fruit orchards

How it lives

Summer bird present in the province during the breeding period. Very territorial. The males usually arrive before the females to the breeding territories and mark their breeding areas with the song. The breeding season starts in April. Nest on the ground or on fallen branches, always in the undergrowth. A single laying of 4 to 6 eggs. Insectivore, it captures its prey between litter or on the fly.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Bird difficult to watch but easy to detect by its song. It is present in most riverside forests and groves of the province, as well as in many parks and orchards. In the Great Path it can be observed, for example, in stages 10, 11, 26 and 33.

Curious facts

The name of this bird, both in its Provencal and Latin origins, as well as in the English word, refers to its ability to sing at night. Nightingales are, undoubtedly, the most melodic, famous and outstanding songbirds. Of course, they also sing during the day.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration