Nightingale - Luscinia megarhynchos


    Nightingales are slightly larger than robins, with a robust, broad-tailed, rather plain brown appearance.

    Identification difficulty

    A secretive bird which likes nothing better than hiding in the middle of an impenetrable bush or thicket. In the UK they breed mostly south of the Severn-Wash line and east from Dorset to Kent. The highest densities are found in the south east: Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent and Sussex.

    When to see it

    They arrive in April and sing until late May and early June. They leave again from July to September. They can be heard singing throughout the day, as well as at night.

    Life History

    They feed on insects.

    UK Status

    Local and occasional in the UK with nearly all records coming from an area south of a line from the Severn to the Humber.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map