Orange-spotted Bluethroat

in Estonia

From Uku, this seems to fit the occasional White-spotted Bluethroat that shows an orange spot (white hidden at the base of the feathers- interestingly partially visible in photo on right below).

Lots more on this subject here. – go on and click through!

Hi Martin!

You might find this bird interesting:

Cyanecula (White-spotted Bluethroat) used to be fairly common breeder in Estonian flooded meadow systems a few decades ago, but disappeared quickly. Nowadays it’s considered a very rare breeder and we were delighted when we found two territories in our home area Tartumaa. This morning (Friday 15th June, 2012) I managed to get photos of one of the birds and was surprised when the bird showed a reddish spot. 

best regards, Uku Paal

5 thoughts on “Orange-spotted Bluethroat

  1. birdingetc

    Hi Martin,
    Interesting post on Bluethroats (as was the previous one by Stephen Menzie). I didn’t see Uku’s comments about the possibility of hybridisation, but wonder how likely this is – at least in northern Europe – where the two forms seem well separated on habitat alone (not the case throughout the range, of course). Re. Stephen’s earlier post, it’s also worth noting the white-spotted birds occurring occasionally in southern Britain could conceivably be of the northern French taxon namnetum, as yet officially unrecorded in Britain but surely likely because of their geographical proximity.

  2. Martin Garner

    hi Dom

    My fault- Uku did muse on the subject but later clarified in email that he too felt the distance between ranges made hybridisation seemingly unlikely. As for ‘namnetum’ you have one on me. Not heard of it before and I was a little wary that you might be stitching me up with some Anglo-French play on words (as if!). How rude of me!

    Anyhow do you know of diagnosable differences?

    Thanks, Martin

  3. birdingetc

    How rude indeed! ‘Namnetum’ was described by Mayaud in 1934 – the IOC gives its range as SW and C France, with ‘cyanecula’ in E France, whereas BWP places the former only in W France and the latter in N and E France. I have a recollection of reading somewhere that, as Bluethroats increased in numbers and their range spread, so did the distribution of ‘namnetum’, but I don’t have a reference to hand. Diagnosable differences from ‘cyanecula’ appear down to measurements, ‘namnetumn’ having a shorter wing of 67-72 male (cf 73-78 male ‘cyanecula’) and 64-68 female (cf 70-73 female ‘cyanecula) – see Svensson and BWP.



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