The Common Nightingale is the national animal of Ukraine which is found in the country. The bird is known as a symbol of love, devotion and fidelity. The bird has been also featured on the coats of arms and flags, and has been referred to in songs and poetry.
The nightingale is a migratory bird, so it can be found in all parts of the country. It is most common in the forested areas and thickets near rivers and lakes. The nightingale prefers to nest close to water because it needs water to drink and bathe in.
Ukraine’s climate and geography fit well with the habitat of the nightingale. Therefore, the bird has been living in Ukraine for centuries.
The Ukraine’s national bird (Nightingale) is found in wooded areas near streams and ponds. It has a black head and upper breast, a white lower breast, grey back, and wings with black bars. The tail is brown with white spots. Immature birds lack the black on the head, neck and upper breast. The male’s song consists of fluted whistles, which changes pitch at different times. This song can be heard during dawn and evening, but especially at night. It is primarily found in woodland habitats like the Zagros Mountains. The bird lives up to five years in the wild.
11 Fun facts about Common Nightingale
- The Common Nightingale is the official animal and a symbol of Ukraine.
- It sings with an incredibly beautiful song during spring and summer months.
- The Common Nightingale prefers open woodlands with plenty of undergrowth, such as willow scrub or bushes near streams or ponds, where it can hide easily from predators while hunting for small animals such as insects or worms to eat.
- The Common Nightingale is one of only 4 species of nightingale that are currently found in Britain; the other 3 being the Wood Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and Garden Warbler.
- The Common Nightingale’s scientific name comes from Ancient Greek words ‘lusco’ meaning dark-coloured and ‘mene’ meaning moon – which refers to its glossy black plumage when singing at night time!
- There are 8 different subspecies of Common
- Common nightingales are a species of bird that live in the Northern Hemisphere.
- They have a diet of insects, spiders, and worms.
- They weigh between 16 and 20 grams (0.56 – 0.71 ounces)
- They can reach speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour).
- The lifespan is between 5 and 8 years old.
Why is common nightingale the national animal of Ukraine?
There are several reasons why the common nightingale is the Ukrainian national animal. First of all, it’s a migratory bird that doesn’t have a specific territory, so it can live everywhere. Secondly, it can adapt to different environmental conditions: from cold winters to hot summers. The most important reason is that there are many old forests in Ukraine where the common nightingale likes to nest.
Nightingale is the symbol of love and peace, as it is considered to be a messenger of peace in Ukraine.
The bird lives in every region of Ukraine, including mountainous areas and deserts, so it has been chosen as a national symbol for its widespread presence across the country.
Common nightingale has been chosen as the Ukraine’s national animal because there are many legends and tales about this bird in Ukraine culture, literature and folklore.