Scientific name: Luscinia megarhynchos
Nature Stars: 70
About: A shy skulking bird, about the same size as a robin. Nightingales are summer visitors, arriving here in April and leaving in September. Brown above and creamy coloured below, nightingales nest in dense scrub, from where they famously sing their beautiful song.
How to identify: Nightingales are best recognised by their song. They lack the streaks of dunnock or the red-breast of the robin. Nightingales are a warmer brown colour and larger than the garden warbler. Perhaps most similar to a female redstart, which has a brighter red tail
Where: Found in south east England, south of a line drawn from the Wash to the Severn.
Fantastic fact: Nightingales are famously the best singers of all British birds.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc