Birds of the Netherlands,
Bluethroat, Luscinia svecica
The numbers of the Bluethroat are rising in the Netherlands. The Oostvaardersplassen is the hotspot for this bird. It is one of the earliest birds that return to their breeding grounds. From late march this bird can be seen.  You will have the best chances in april and early may to see this beautiful bird. The males are singing their song and show themselves better than in other months of the year. On april trips we see Bluethroats 9 out of 10 times.

bluethroat oostvaardersplassen netherlands

There are three subspecies of the Bluethroat.  L.S. Svecica, a Bluethroat with a red spot, L.S. Cyancecula, a Bluethroat with a white spotand L.S. Magna. The last bird is living in Turkey and does not have a spot. The Bluethroat with the red spot is a rare vagrant in the Netherlands.  Normally this birds lives in scandinavia and Russia. In the Netherlands you will found the Bluethroat with the White Spot.

bluethroat oostvaardersplassen

The are between 15.000 and 20.000 breeding pairs in the Netherlands. In 1995 there were only 6.500 breeding pairs, in 2000 11.000 breeding pairs. From their hot spot in the Oostvaardersplassen they expand to other parts of the Netherlands and Belgium.

The song of the Bluethroat is loud and varied, and can be best recognised by the typecal start of the song. This sounds a bit like a kids tricycle.

   Blauwborst - Luscinia svecica

bluethroat oostvaardersplassen holland
bluethroat netherlands Luscinia svecica

All pictures by Bas Meelker (, taken in the Oostvaardersplassen during a guided field trip

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