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Eurasian Blackcap

(Sylvia atricapilla)
Alternate name(s): "Blackcap"
German name(s): "Mönchsgrasmücke"

Size: 13.5-15 cm; wing span 20-23 cm
Weight: 16-25 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Blackcap at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "atricapilla"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Eurasian Blackcap, left, with a dependent juvenile, right (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Male Eurasian Blackcap, left, feeding a dependent juvenile, right; note the stubby tail of the young bird
(photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2018]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Eltville, Hessen, Germany, June 2018]

Race "heineken"

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2019]

Frontal/ventral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-frontal view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, near Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2019]

Near-lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap issuing its call (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap with its crest erected (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a singing male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2018]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2020]

Near-frontal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, March 2015]

Near-frontal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2020]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap looking at the observer (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Evora, Portugal, February 2020]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, January 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Barragem da Vilarica, Alfandega da Fe, Tras os Montes, Portugal, December 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2017]

Dorsal view of a female Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Race "pauluccii"

ADULT

MALE

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap looking away from the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Mequinenza, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, September 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap taking a berry (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain, December 2019]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a male Eurasian Blackcap with its meal (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, March 2020]

Near-dorsal view of a male Eurasian Blackcap taking a blackberry (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2019]

Lateral view of a female Eurasian Blackcap taking a berry (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Casa de Campo, Madrid, Spain, December 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blakcap_dw_20200531.m4a atricapilla
(Poland)
Territorial calls © DW
 
blakcap_jp_20200531.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial call © JP
blakcap_jp_20180422.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial call © JP
blakcap_jp_20200428_3.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial call © JP
blakcap_jp_20200418.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial calls © JP
blakcap_jp_20200428_2.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial calls © JP
blakcap_jp_20190412.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial calls (Q&A) © JP
blakcap_jp_20190528.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Territorial calls (+ Eurasian Wren, Short-toed Treecreeper) © JP
blakcap_jp_20200428.m4a heineken
(Portugal)
Alarm calls © JP

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