Blackcap


Blackcap

The Blackcap is a delightful song bird which is often compared with the Nightingale. Frequents open deciduous or mixed woodlands with well – developed undergrowth, can also be found in large mature gardens but tends to keep well hidden among the vegetation. Widespread summer visitor to most of UK except in the extreme northern & western Isles of Scotland. Scarce winter visitor to southern England and south – eastern Ireland.


Identification

Male
Stocky grey upper bodied warbler with greyish white lower body and a distinctive sooty black cap.
Female
Stocky brownish upper bodied warbler with Buffy lower body and a distinctive chestnut coloured cap.
Size
13 – 15cm
Bill
black; short & thin
Habitat
Can be found in gardens with plenty of trees, hedges and shrubs; heaths; woods
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & lands on vegetation
Flocking
Solitary
Flight
Flitting
Voice
Varied warble

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Trees & Bushes
Eggs
Lays 5 eggs on average, eggs are white blotched reddish
Incubation Period
12 - 13 days
Broods
2 ; May - June
UK Breeding Pairs
Breeding pairs UK 590,000

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