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Sylvia atricapilla : Blackcap - Sylviidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001532 BD2

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1977/08/07

  • Recording locations

    Old Dean Common, Camberley, Surrey: OS Grid Reference(488500,160500)

  • Recordist

    Williams, Aubrey John

  • Species

    Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla

  • Description

    Call of the male blackcap recorded at Camberley, Surrey. Always considered a summer visitor, the blackcap is increasingly 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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