Blackcap - Sylvia atricapilla

    Description

    A distinctive greyish warbler, the male has a black cap and the female a chestnut one. Its delightful fluting song has earned it the name 'Northern Nightingale'. Although primarily a summer visitor, birds from Germany and north-east Europe are increasingly spending the winter in the UK.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Best looked for in woodland, parks and gardens with plenty of trees and shrubs. Those staying over winter will readily come into gardens.

    When to see it

    Breeding birds arrive in April and May, leaving in September and October. Some European birds winter in the UK, largely in England.

    Life History

    The summer population feeds on caterpillars and small insects which they searches for through the leaves of trees and bushes. However the winter population feed on seeds and fruits as well.

    UK Status

    Common in Britain in summer

    VC55 Status

    Common in summer

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