Nightingales are similar to, (but slightly larger than) Robins, with a robust, broad-tailed, rather plain brown appearance. They are a shy bird, and are more common in southern Europe. In the UK they are found in the South.
Their diet consists of Insects, beetles and ants, also berries in autumn. The famous song is indeed of high quality, with a fast succession of high, low and rich notes that few other species can match.
A secretive bird, who likes nothing better than hiding in the middle of an impenetrable bush. It is plain brown above except for the reddish tail. It is buff to white below. Nightingales are so named because they frequently sing at night as well as during the day. The Nightingale is very closely related to the Thrush Nightingale, and they are difficult to tell apart, the latter having a grey toned (rather than brown) back, and less red tail.
Number in Britain
Conservation Status UK
Status in UK
Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor
Thickets, damp undergrowth, and woodland
Number of broods
1 or 2
First clutches laid
Early to mid May
Age at First Breeding
Maximum Recorded Age
7 years, 1 month