Black Cap (Sylvia atricapilla)

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What does the Black Cap Look Like ?

Distinctive greyish warbler, the male has a black cap, and the female a chestnut one. It has a delightful fluting song sometimes known 'northern nightingale'. Although primarily a summer visitor , continental birds are increasingly spending the winter in the UK.

How big is it ?

Aprox 14 cm weighing 18 g

Where does it live?

Mixed and deciduous woodland with tall trees and an undergrowth of shrubs; parks and mature gardens with trees and shrubs.


Areas with plenty of shrubs and bushes. Regularly visits suburban and rural gardens.

Where to see it

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

What does it eat?

Insects and spiders and in Autumn berries, esp Elderberry.

What does it sound like?

A fluty, melodic warbling song. Call a hard 'tacc, tacc' .

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When can I see it ?

Breeding birds arrive in April and May, leaving in September and October. Some European birds winter in the UK, largely in England. Breeds May - July, 4- 6 eggs. incubation 11 -12 days , young feldge 12 -13 days, 1 to 2 Broods, Nesting in scrub.

Similar species
Garden warbler