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Scientific name:  Sylvia atricapilla

Size:  Up to 150mm

Distribution:  Found in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland

Months seen:  All year round.  Some birds migrate south in winter and others arrive here from colder parts of Europe

Habitat:  Parks, gardens and woodland

Food:  Invertebrates and berries.  Will take suet at bird tables

Special features:  Male Blackcaps are grey above and light grey below with a white patch below the tail.  The head has a black cap which touches the tops of the eyes.  The females and juveniles are an rusty brown to olive brown on top and lighter below with a white patch under the tail.  The female has an orange-brown cap and the juveniles can have an orange-brown cap, a black cap or a mixture of both.

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