Bird Collection: Blackcaps

These male and female Blackcaps are part of our Science Department Collection.

Scientific name: Sylvia atricapilla
The blackcap is 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.