Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

The blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is a light colored bird that lives in forests, bushes and parks. The male, as seen in pictures 1st, 2nd and 3rd, really displays a black hat. However, the female, as seen in pictrue 4th, just has a deeper brown on the cap.

In winter time, the population of blackcap in the district of Bages increases with individuals coming from colder areas.

It eats fruits from bushes as the Chinese privet or the ivy, as well as insects.

See also related species, the common whitethroat (S.communis), the subalpine warbler (S.cantillans) and the sardinian warbler (S.melanocephala).

[photos Jordi Badia (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and Marc Vilarmau (4th)]