Definition of bluethroat in English:

bluethroat

Pronunciation /ˈblo͞oTHrōt/ /ˈbluθroʊt/

noun

  • A small, lively thrush found in northern Eurasia and Alaska. The male has a blue throat with a reddish spot in the center.

    Luscinia svecica, subfamily Turdinae, family Muscicapidae

    ‘Furthermore, in bluethroats, European starlings, and blue tits female choice for males with greater UV reflectance appears to favor structural plumage traits.’
    • ‘In many passerine species, including bluethroats, male removal results in an overall reduction in food supply.’
    • ‘A lost waif and stray of extraordinary beauty turned up in Aberdeen and made the front page of two national newspapers: a bluethroat looking enchantingly like a robin that had been coloured in wrong.’
    • ‘Wagtails and sandpipers squeak and dart amongst the thick glossy hyacinth leaves, and at the muddy edges, bluethroats scuttle this way and that like mice.’
    • ‘The fact that the lost and wandering bluethroat could thrill a nation's newspaper readers is a perfect example of hope.’