94. Cyanecula suecica

94. RED-SPOTTED BLUE-THROAT.
CYANECULA SUECICA.
Cyanecula suecica (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 336 (1766) ; (Hewitson), i. p. 102, pl. xxix. fig. 1 ; (Naumann), ii. p. 417, Taf. 75 ; Gould, B. of Gt. Brit. ii. pl. 49 ; Newton, i. p. 321 ; Dresser, ii. p. 317, pl. 49 and 50, fig. 2 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 99 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 332 ; Saunders, p. 35 ; Lilford, iii. p. 10, pl. 5 ; C. coerulecula (Pall.), Zoogr. Ross. As. i. p. 480 (1811) ; (Seebohm), Cat. B. Br. Mus. v. p. 308.
Blaukehlchen, German, Blaakjaelk, Norweg. and Dan. ; Blahake- sangaren, Swed. ; Kiellavalggu, Lapp. ; Sinirintakerttu, Pata- kielinen, Finn. ; Varakushka,—Russ. ; Huseni-pidda, Hind. ; Gun- pigera, Gurpedra, Beng. ; Dumbak, Sind.
Male ad. (Norway). Differs from C. wolfi only in having the central spot in the blue bright bay instead of white. The female and young resemble those of that species, there being no character by which they are dis¬tinguishable.
Hab. Northern Europe and Asia, north to Kamchatka, south to Mongolia and Northern Kashmir, wintering in South China, India, Ceylon, and Africa as far south as Abyssinia ; has been met with in Alaska, and also, as a rare straggler, in Great Britain.
Frequents swampy localities and bushes near water, amongst which it creeps about like a Hedge Sparrow, and feeds on insects of various kinds, and but rarely on seeds. The song of the male is rich, loud, and varied, and has a peculiar metallic sound, and is generally uttered from the top of a bush or a dead tree. It breeds in June, constructing a nest of dry grass- bents in a loose foundation of leaves and grass, which is placed on the ground or the side of a bank in a swampy locality. The eggs 5 or 6 in number are greenish or brownish olive, sometimes mottled or clouded, usually paler than those of the Nightingale and smaller, measuring about 0.78 by 0.57.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
94. Cyanecula suecica
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
94
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
62
Common name: 
Red Spotted Blue Throat
M_ID: 
28137
M_CN: 
Bluethroat
M_SN: 
Luscinia svecica
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10699

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