The common nightingale or simply nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), also known as rufous nightingale, is a small passerine bird best known for its powerful and beautiful song.
It was formerly classed as a member of the thrush family Turdidae, but is now more generally considered to be an Old World flycatcher, Muscicapidae.
It belongs to a group of more terrestrial species, often called chats.”Nightingale” is derived from “night”, and the Old English galan, “to sing”.
The best time of year to hear nightingales is May to early June when they should be in full song. Nightingales will sing at dawn and dusk but if you are lucky you may even hear them singing during the day as well.
When you hear them sing, my birthday is coming.