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The Wet Woodland Bird Survey


Blackcap       Sylvia atricapilla

Appearance A very vocal warbler. The male has a grey back, is greyish-white below and has a sooty black cap. The female and juvenile are similar, but have a brown cap. 
Size: 13-15cm tall
Voice The call is a sharp, strong tac-tac-tac, repeated. The song is a strong varied warble.
Habitat Gardens, heaths, woods and hedges.
Food Insects and berries.
Breeding Habits 5 eggs in a cup-like nest low in a bush or a tree.  Incubation takes 12-13  days and fledging takes 10-14 days. 
2 broods per year; May-June.
Location in Wet Woodland It was heard singing in the stony area and the clearing. These areas are the two most open areas and have good singing perches. The call was also heard.


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