Bluethroat

Robin like but more upright with a longer tail and legs. Dark brown with buff upper parts, a prominent white stripe over the eye and bright chestnut sides to base of tail in spring male has a bright blue throat (from which it gets its name) bordered by narrow bands of black white and chestnut. Throat pattern varies from race to race with those from northern Europe having a red spot and those from southern Europe having a white spot. Often a skulking species which feeds on the ground usually among thick vegetation. even on migration searches out crops and other vegetated areas and if disturbed will fly only a short distance before dropping back into cover. in Britain usually coastal, arriving as a passage migrant and seeking out scrub, gardens and grassy areas. It mainly eats beetles spiders, spiders, moth Caterpillars and a variety of other invertebrates. It also eats berries in autumn.

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