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Bluethroat

Luscinia svecica

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Beautiful thrush-like bird that tends to stay hidden. Dull gray above, but a head-on view reveals a stunning pattern of electric blue and orange on the throat. Females show fainter blue and orange bands across chest and pale throat. Also look for white eyebrow and rufous on the base of the tail. Variable song includes imitations of other species among a jumble of trills, whistles, and chirps.

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