How to identifyNightingales are slightly larger than Robins, with a robust, broad-tailed, rather plain brown appearance. They are secretive birds and extremely local in their distribution in the UK, while in much of southern Europe they are common and more easily seen.
They are known for their melodic song, with a fast succession of high, low and rich notes that few other species can match.
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.