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The Blackcap, Sylvia atricapilla, is a common and widespread sylviid warbler which breeds throughout northern and temperate Europe. Its color pattern is unique in the genus Sylvia; the Blackcap's closest living relative is the Garden Warbler which looks different but has very similar vocalizations. These two, whose ranges extend farther northeastwards than other Sylvia, seem to form sister species well distinct from the other typical warblers (Helbig 2001, Jønsson & Fjeldså 2006).
It is a robust typical warbler, mainly grey in plumage. Like most Sylvia species, it has distinct male and female plumages: The male has the small black cap from which the species gets its name, whereas in the female the cap is light brown. This is a bird of shady woodlands with ground cover for nesting. The nest is built in a low shrub, and 3–6 eggs are laid. The song is a pleasant chattering with some clearer notes like a Blackbird. This full song can be confused with that of the Garden Warbler, but in the Blackcap, it characteristically ends with an emphatic fluting warble. Especially in isolated Blackcap populations (such as in valleys or on peninsulas and small islands), a simplified song can occur. This song is said to have a Leiern-type ("drawling") ending after the term used by German ornithologists who first described it. The introduction is like that in other Blackcaps, but the final warbling part is a simple alteration between two notes, as in a Great Tit's call but more fluting (Snow et al. 1998).
One subspecies of the Blackcap, S. a. heineken, is very prone to melanism. Its exact extent of occurrence is not altogether clear; it is typically found on Madeira but might inhabit all Macaronesian islands as well as the Atlantic coasts of Iberia and Northwest Africa (Snow et al. 1998). The melanistic birds, S. a. heineken morpha obscura, were at first considered a distinct subspecies.
This small passerine bird is migratory, and northern and central European breeders winter in southern Europe and north Africa where the local populations are resident. It is hardier than most warblers, partly because it will readily eat small berries as well as the more typical warbler diet of insects.
In recent years, substantial numbers of central European birds have taken to wintering in gardens in southern England. Presumably the ready availability of food, particularly from bird tables, and the avoidance of migration over the Alps compensate for the sub-optimal climate. Bearhop et al. (2005) reported that birds wintering in England tend to mate only among themselves, and not usually with those wintering in the Mediterranean. This is because the short-distance migrants arrive back from the wintering grounds for breeding earlier than birds wintering around the Mediterranean, and of course have spent the winter together, when pair-bonds are initiated. The authors point out that division of a population by different migration routes can be a first step towards speciation.
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- [2011-02-02 8:17]
Very nice photo, TFS!
- [2011-02-02 9:10]
A well composed image that displays good detail and sharpness of the subject. Your DOF and clear background also make for a quality image.
- [2011-02-02 9:53]
Hi Jose,a beautiful light and a very good sharpness..excellent contrast between the bird and the colorfull background,i like it,very interesting specie.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
- [2011-02-02 10:08]
Simply amazing picture. BG is just splendid. Details of the bird and beautiful twig are superb. Pose of the bird is very impressive and you have reflected state of mood of the bird very well. Excellent job. Kind regards and TFS.
- [2011-02-02 10:30]
This is a wonderful image of the Blackcap. The detail in the feathers is excellent. The colours are also nice and the background is nicely out of focus.Best regards Siggi
Ciao Jose. Splendid light and very good details against a fantastic blurred BG.
- [2011-02-02 10:34]
Beautiful sharp detailed photo in an excellent composition. The pose of the bird is very attractive. Splendid natural colours, also in the blurred BG.
Splendid capture with lovely colors. Great composition and lovely natural background. Excellent contrast and great focus.
Thanks for sharing!
Stupenda foto con colori reali ottima la composizione grande nitidezza e dettagli molto,molto bella complimenti.
Very nice close up for this Blackcap captured with good details, excellent composition and POV.
wonderful composed shot with amazing BG, the bird is very fine detailed,
lovely pose and DOF
Have a good night
A wonderful pose of this beutiful Black cap. You have put together an excellant composition with perfect cropping with enough trees to make it look great. Well done.
a very beautiful capture of a female Blackcap taken from an excellent POV with splendid colours and fine details, a very pleasant composition with a fantastic BG