Scientific name: Sylvia atricapilla
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium-sized warbler, about 14cm long. Blackcaps are birds of woodland and tall scrub, but will also turn up in gardens, particularly during the winter. A dark grey warbler with a dark cap, black in males, orangey brown in females. Blackcaps will feed on insects in summer and berries and fruit in winter. They nest in hedges or brambles and lay up to two clutches a year of four to six eggs.
How to identify: A grey warbler, the males have a black cap, females have a gingery brown cap.
Where: Widespread, mostly as a summer visitor
Fantastic fact: Blackcaps are known as the Nightingale of the North.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc