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Sylvia atricapilla : Blackcap - Sylviidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:03:06

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001537 BD11

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1970s

  • Recording locations

    Cowley, Gloucestershire: OS Grid Reference(396500,214500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla

  • Description

    Song of the male blackcap recorded in woodland at Cowley Bottom, Gloucestershire. Always considered a summer visitor, the blackcap is becoming known as a resident bird, spending winter months mainly in England and Ireland. As the name suggests, this warbler possesses a blackcap (with females the cap is chestnut in colour) which accompanies a mainly grey-brown plumage. Generally found in woodland with plenty of tall trees and bushy shrubs, blackcaps will readily visit gardens during the winter months. They have a relatively plain diet consisting of insects and berries. This species has earned the nickname of ‘northern nightingale’ due to its beautiful warbling song. In contrast, the call consists of harsh ‘tacc tacc’ sounds, completely different from the flute-like melodies that form the song.

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Sylvia atricapilla : Blackcap - Sylviidae

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