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Arctic Birds: Bluethroat

A Bluethroat perched in a shrub. His blue throat for which he is named shimmers in the golden Arctic light.
A Bluethroat male perches atop of a small willow to sing in early-June

NPS/Jared Hughey

Luscinia svecica
Family: Muscicapidae


The Bluethroat is easily near the top of a birder’s list of birds to see in Alaska, and when found, a memorable experience. This Old World chat has a widespread breeding distribution across Europe and Asia, but in North America only occurs in Alaska from the Seward Peninsula across the northern foothills of the Brooks Range and barely into Yukon Territory, Canada. Despite the male’s spectacular rufous and blue bib, the Bluethroat’s small size and secretive nature make it a more difficult species to find. Gates of the Arctic is a great place to track one down.
Abundance map for the Bluethroat in Alaska
Bluethroat abundance in Alaska.

Fink, D., T. Auer, A. Johnston, M. Strimas-Mackey, O. Robinson, S. Ligocki, W. Hochachka, C. Wood, I. Davies, M. Iliff, L. Seitz. 2020. eBird Status and Trends, Data Version: 2019; Released: 2020. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York.

References

Fink, D., T. Auer, A. Johnston, M. Strimas-Mackey, O. Robinson, S. Ligocki, W. Hochachka, C. Wood, I. Davies, M. Iliff, L. Seitz. 2020. eBird Status and Trends, Data Version: 2019; Released: 2020. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. https://doi.org/10.2173/ebirdst.2019

Guzy, M. J., B. J. McCaffery, and N. Collar (2020). Bluethroat (Luscinia svecica), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi-org.arlis.idm.oclc.org/10.2173/bow.blueth.01

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Arctic Birds: Bluethroat