The Red-billed Leiothrix is an attractive bird which natural range is restricted to the Indian subcontinent and parts of China.
However, thanks to a helping hand from man, this stunning species has colonized a handful of spots in Italy, France and Spain.
The Lucca area is one of the very few places in Europe where you can find it.
When my wife and I were walking on the famous board walk at Lago di Massaciuccoli, I was totally, but pleasantly, surprised by bumping into a flock of at least 25 individuals that flew by, stopped in the vegetation in front of us and continued their travels into the swampy area of this lake.
Lago di Massaciuccoli, Torre del Lago Puccini, Tuscany, Italy, 21 September 2019