The Nightingale bird

    The nightingale is a Euro­pean bird related to the American thrush. It is a small bird, about six and one-half inches long, with a pale brown breast and reddish-brown wings. The tail is a bright russet. The male sings day and night and its song is famous for its variety and vigor.
    There are two species of nightingale, one of which ranges from Britain across southern Europe to Asia and another which does not reach western Europe. Both winter in northern Africa, migrating north in April. The males arrive before the females.
   The nightingale nests in thick brush. The nest is cup-shaped, lined with fine roots and balanced in the undergrowth. From four to six dark olive eggs are laid. The birds feed on insects and worms.