Sylvia atricapilla

Family: Warblers
Present: Apr - Oct, some stay all year
Diet: Insects and berries
Breeding: 1.000.000


A distinctive greyish warbler, the male has a black cap, and the female a chestnut one. Its delightful fluting song has earned it the name 'northern nightingale'. Although primarily a summer visitor birds from Germany and north-east Europe are increasingly spending the winter in the UK.

Breeding birds arrive in April and May, leaving in September and October. Some European birds winter in the UK, largely in England.

Best looked for in woodland, parks and gardens with plenty of trees and shrubs. In winter will readily come into gardens.

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