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Das Blaukehlchen [Bluethroat] Luscina svecica

Monograph
By: Egon Schmidt(Author)
76 pages, 42 b/w photos, b/w illustrations, and b/w maps
Das Blaukehlchen [Bluethroat]
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Language: German

The colorful Bluethroat, which belongs to the genus of the nightingale bird, is spread in much of Europe and Asia in the form of various subspecies. Only a few people have been able to watch it, as it occurs only sporadically and has a rather hidden, earthbound life style. This talented singer, who can mimic many other voices, is found in moist alluvial forests along rivers, or in young treestands with man-high grass, where it seeks its food, consisting mainly of insects and their larvae, solely on the ground. The proximity of the water is a requirement, and so the Bluethroat is particularly prevalent in Hungary where the growing of fish in fish farms and the associated reed strips and protective embankments offers many nesting opportunities to the Bluethroat. Even in Scandinavia and Finland populations are numerous. The nest is built in a depression on ground level, sometimes in caves, hidden in the vegetation, so that eggs and young are very well protected against birds of prey, but often fall prey to ground predators such as weasels and foxes. The author, who was doing his observations mainly in Hungary at Lake Velence and its fishponds, also reports the appearance of this species in Europe and Asia and shines a light on its convergent or divergent ways of life in the various biotopes.

Summary in German:
Das farbenprächtige Blaukehlchen, das zur Gattung der Nachtigallenvögel gehört, ist in verschiedenen Unterarten in weiten Teilen Europas und Asiens verbreitet. Doch erst wenige konnten es beobachten, da es nur sporadisch vorkommt und eine recht verborgene, erdgebundene Lebensweise führt. Den talentierten Sänger, der auch viele andere Stimmen nachahmen kann, finden wir in feuchten Auenwäldern an Flüssen oder jungem Baumbestand mit mannshohem Gras, wo er seine Nahrung, die vor allem aus Insekten und deren Larven besteht, ausschließlich am Boden sucht. Die Nähe des Wassers ist Bedingung, und so ist das Blaukehlchen in Ungarn besonders dort weit verbreitet, wo die zunehmende Fischzucht in Teichwirtschaften dem Blaukehlchen in den damit verbundenen Schilfstreifen und Schutzdämmen viele Nistgelegenheiten bietet. Auch in Skandinavien und Finnland gibt es reiche Vorkommen. Das Nest wird in eine Bodenvertiefung, zuweilen auch in Höhlen gebaut, im Pflanzenwuchs verborgen, so daß Eier und Junge zwar gegen Greifvögel sehr gut geschützt sind, jedoch Bodenraubtieren wie Wiesel und Fuchs oft zur Beute werden. Der Verfasser, der seine Beobachtungen vor allem in Ungarn am Velence-See und an den dort vorhandenen Fischteichen anstellte, berichtet auch von allen anderen europäischen und asiatischen Vorkommen und beleuchtet ihre konvergente oder abweichende Lebensweise und die unterschiedlichen Biotopansprüche.

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Monograph
By: Egon Schmidt(Author)
76 pages, 42 b/w photos, b/w illustrations, and b/w maps
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