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Bird name:

Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Blackcap is a common resident species of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Blackcap: Large warbler, slightly smaller than a House Sparrow. Upperparts are grey-brown, underparts are light grey, has a distinctive black forehead and crown that extends to the eye. Bill, legs and feet are grey. Flight pattern is undulating, alternating flapping with short periods of gliding.


Range and Habitat

Blackcap: Common in the UK, Ireland. Some are resident, mainly in the west and south of Britain. Most are summer visitors who return to Portugal, Spain or West Africa. About 3000 birds from central Europe winter in southern England. Found in deciduous and mixed forests, thickets, parks and gardens.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"teck"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Blackcap has been called the Northern Nightingale for its flute-like song.
  • It is considered a delicacy in some Mediterranean countries; many are trapped and killed illegally every year.
  • La Capinera (Italian for The Blackcap) is the title of one of the most well known poems by Giovanni Pascoli.
  • A group of warblers has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "confusion", "fall", and "wrench" of warblers.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX