Occurs in low shrub thickets of willow, alder, birch, and ericaceous shrubs and in tundra (Kessel 1989, Manuwal 1975). Tundra habitat characterized by cottongrass tussock tundra with scattered willows and thickets near rivers, streams, or lakes (Manuwal 1975). Nests in thickets (near water in Arctic willows and scrub birches) on ground in small hollow or in clump of grass near lake edge (Terres 1980). Also in tundra with little cover (Harrison 1978). Nests on ground or low in willow bush (Johnson and Herter 1989).
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Johnson, S. R. and D. R. Herter. 1989. The Birds of the Beaufort Sea. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., Anchorage, AK. 372 pp.
Kessel, B. 1989. Birds of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska: their biogeography, seasonality, and natural history. Univ. of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK. 330 pp.
Terres, J. K. 1980. The Audubon Society encyclopedia of North American birds. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY.
Manuwal, D.A. 1975. The status of the bluethroat (LUSCINIA SVECICA) in North America. Murrelet 56(2):5-7.