Common Nightingale
Common Nightingale
Scientific Name 
Luscinia megarhynchos
Arabic Name 
الهزار الشائع
Kuwaiti name 
كلب أشول
16.0 cm
Least Concern


Uncommon passage migrant. Famous for its beautiful song, this bird is usually seen singly or in small numbers, often hiding in thickets. It is much less common than the Thrush Nightingale in Kuwait.
Where in Kuwait 
It tends to hide in the middle of impenetrable bushes or thickets, so is normally quite unobtrusive. It is been recorded in similar habitat and areas as the Thrush Nightingale on passage
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and in Europe, trends since 1980 show that populations have undergone a moderate increase. A migratory species, it breeds in northwest Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, as far east as northwest China. After the breeding season it migrates southwards to tropical parts of Africa. Although rather indistinct in appearance and a skulking behavior, this species is greatly admired for its beautiful melodic songs, which are considered by some to be the finest produced by any bird species.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation