Blackcap – Sylvia atricapilla

A delightful songbird, the Blackcap is often compared to the Nightingale and frequently found in open deciduous or mixed woodlands with well-developed undergrowth. They are also commonly seen in large, mature gardens, but tend to keep well-hidden amongst the vegetation. A widespread summer visitor to most of UK, but rarely seen in the extreme northern and western Isles of Scotland. Sparsely sighted in winter, but when they are, it is generally across southern England and south-eastern Ireland.


Male: A stocky, grey-upper-bodied warbler, with a grey-white lower body and a distinctive sooty black cap.
Female: A stocky, brownish-upper-bodied warbler, with a buff-coloured lower body and a distinctive chestnut-coloured cap.
Size: 12-15cm.
Bill: Black, short and thin.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Gardens with plenty of trees, hedges, shrubs, heaths and woodlands.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands on vegetation.
Flocking: Solitary.
Flight: Flitting.
Voice: Varied warble.


Nest: Trees and bushes.
Eggs: 5. White with red blotches.
Incubation period: 12—13 days.
Fledgeling: 10—14 days.
Broods: 2. May—June.
Food: Insects, berries, fruit, sunflower hearts, granulated peanuts, suet treats.
UK breeding pairs: 590,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Sunflower Hearts, Raisins/Sultanas.

Suggested feed

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