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Eurasian Blackcap

Sylvia atricapilla

The Eurasian Blackcap is a species widely distributed in Europe and takes place across the country preferring forest or woodlands, riparian bushes, trees, parks and gardens. It is, moreover, one of the most common birds in urban areas. During the breeding season its diet is mainly insectivorous, but in autumn and winter fruits and berries are an important part of their diet.

The scientific name of the Eurasian Blackcap has the following meaning: Sylvia comes from the Latin word “silva” which means forest, and corresponds to a bird gender essentially Mediterranean, atricapilla refers to a feature of the plumage, its black skullcap displayed by the male and brown for the female.

The singing of the Blackcap Warblers rivals in melodic richness with Blackbirds.

Text: João E. Rabaça

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