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Blackcap at Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston, Lancashire, England - April 2015 | by SaffyH
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Blackcap at Brockholes Nature Reserve near Preston, Lancashire, England - April 2015

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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.

 

 

Overview

 

 

Latin name

 

Sylvia atricapilla

 

 

Family

 

Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)

 

 

Where to see them

 

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

 

 

When to see them

 

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

 

 

What they eat

 

Insects and berries.

 

 

Poulation

 

UK Breeding:- 1.2 million territories

UK Wintering:- 3,000 birds

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Taken on May 3, 2015