Eurasian blackcap

The males, in particular, produce a rich and intricate song that contributes to their charm

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A fascinating small passerine bird native to Europe and western Asia, it is celebrated for its distinctive black cap that adorns its head, creating a striking contrast against its otherwise greyish-brown plumage. This unique feature serves as a distinguishing characteristic between the male and female members of this species, with the male boasting a glossy black cap while the female sports a reddish-brown one. Despite this difference, both sexes share a similar overall plumage of greyish-brown tones.

In addition to their striking appearance, Eurasian blackcaps possess a compact build with a slender bill, perfectly suited for their insect-rich diet. These agile birds exhibit a distinctive foraging behavior, characterized by their adept hopping from branch to branch and probing into foliage in search of prey. While insects form a significant portion of their diet, they also readily visit bird feeders, particularly during the harsh winter months when natural food sources may be scarce.

One of the most remarkable attributes of the Eurasian blackcap is its remarkable adaptability to various habitats, ranging from woodlands and forests to gardens and even urban areas. This versatility in habitat selection allows them to thrive across a wide range of environments, demonstrating their resilience in the face of changing landscapes and human encroachment.

The distribution of Eurasian blackcaps extends across Europe and western Asia, where they are widespread and abundant in suitable habitats. While some populations remain resident year-round, others embark on impressive migratory journeys to warmer regions during the winter months, highlighting their remarkable navigational skills and endurance.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Albania
2016
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Breeding
Armenia
2016
Breeding
Austria
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Breeding
Bahrain
2016
Passage
Belarus
2016
Breeding
Belgium
2016
Benin
2016
Vagrant
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Breeding
Bulgaria
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Vagrant
Cape Verde
2016
Chad
2016
Vagrant
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Non-Breeding
Czechia
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Breeding
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gambia
2016
Georgia
2016
Breeding
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Greece
2016
Greenland
2016
Vagrant
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hungary
2016
Breeding
Iceland
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Passage
Ireland
2016
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Kuwait
2016
Passage
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Liberia
2016
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Breeding
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Malawi
2016
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Non-Breeding
Mauritania
2016
Moldova
2016
Breeding
Mongolia
2016
Vagrant
Montenegro
2016
Breeding
Morocco
2016
Netherlands
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Norway
2016
Breeding
Oman
2016
Passage
Poland
2016
Portugal
2016
Qatar
2016
Passage
Romania
2016
Breeding
Russia
2016
Breeding
Rwanda
2016
Vagrant
Saudi Arabia
2016
Passage
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Breeding
Seychelles
2016
Vagrant
Sierra Leone
2016
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
Vagrant
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
2016
Passage: Canary Is.
Sudan
2016
Svalbard
2016
Vagrant
Sweden
2016
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Tanzania
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Passage
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
Uzbekistan
2016
Yemen
2016
Passage
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016
Vagrant

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No