Body length: 16-17 cm
Body mass: 20-35 g
Appearance: grey-brown upperparts and wings, pale breast with grey-brown blotching, reddish-brown tail.
A common species across parts of Poland other than south-west (where replaced by common nightingale). Nest in well-shaded place on ground, in dense vegetation with brambles, nettles, etc. Nest of rotted leaves and grass, lined with fine fibrous material. Diet of insects, supplemented by seeds and fruits. Few if any birds sing more beautifully, and does not sing at night only (as sometimes believed). Males not finding mates sing on longest. Winters in East Africa.
Closely resembles common nightingale.
Descriptions drawing on content of Ptaki Polski (“Birds of Poland”) - a book authored by Andrzej G. Kruszewicz, and published by MULTICO Oficyna Wydawnicza Sp. z o.o.