The Blackcap is unmistakeable thanks to the neat black cap of the male or the reddish brown cap of the female enlivening an otherwise dull grey body.
Breeds in wooded areas with thick undergrowth. Winters in parks and gardens.
Most European populations migrate south or west to winter on either side of the Mediterranean and their places are taken in many areas by Blackcaps from northern and central Europe. Some of the birds from central Europe are increasingly migrating west, rather than south, and wintering in the British Isles.
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