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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

17 Amaze-wing Facts About The Eurasian Blackcap For Kids

Eurasian blackcap facts, is a very popular songbird

Imagine the Eurasian blackcap with a black cap and olive-gray upper parts perched on a branch of a deciduous tree in the vast gardens of the western Europe region. The male birds sing in a high-pitched crescendo that matches with slow wingbeats marking their territory for mating. The female bird matches the male bird's efforts by building a lovely nest with twigs and soft hair. The blackcaps are known to breed in the western Europe region and other parts of the world. The pair lays four to five eggs in a nest and cares for them during the incubation period. The couples guard their nest and protect their chick from predators.

These birds have a large population size number that matches the least range of concern on the IUCN Red List. Most youngsters interested in bird watching can list the habitat and locations of the Eurasian blackcap birds and record their songs on their smartphones. The birdsongs are more clearly heard at the time of dawn time. One can also create a list of the different types of blackcap fluting songs and even name it the awesome birdsong list.

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Eurasian Blackcap Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Eurasian blackcap?

The Eurasian blackcap is a beautiful songbird very similar to the subspecies garden warbler.

What class of animal does a Eurasian blackcap belong to?

The Eurasian blackhead belongs to the class Aves of the kingdom Animalia.

How many Eurasian blackcaps are there in the world?

On the world map, the Sylviidae atricapilla population range is varying from 101-161 million. Thus, their number is adequate and of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Where does a Eurasian blackcap live?

The Eurasian blackcaps breed under the vast scrub cover of mature deciduous trees. They also live in vast gardens, parks, and overgrown hedges. Eurasian blackcaps migrate to their winter habitat of acacia scrubs, mangroves, or forest wildlife of Africa or brighten up the olive orchards of the Mediterranean region with their melodious songs.

What is a Eurasian blackcap's habitat?

If you are interested in bird sighting, then matured deciduous woodland habitats, parks, and overgrown hedges are the places to look for the Eurasian blackcap. During the winters, the birds are found in the olive orchards and scrubs of the Mediterranean habitats. In Africa, the  Sylviidae bird species range from forest wildlife, acacia scrub, mangroves to agricultural lands.

Who do Eurasian blackcaps live with?

These songbirds belong to the family species Sylviidae, and bird sightings and observations reveal that the birds travel singly. But at the time of migration, the birds are found traveling in groups in their range of geographical distribution.

How long does a Eurasian blackcap live?

The Eurasian blackcaps live for up to 13 years.

How do they reproduce?

The birds of species Sylviidae reproduce from mid-April to August and have a monogamous mating behavior. However, they are partial migrants, and when both sexes return to their breeding areas to lay eggs, the males mark their territory with songs of high pitched crescendo, alarm call and slow wingbeats, and short flapping flights. The female birds build nests with twigs, grass, and soft hair for cushioning. The female Eurasian blackcap lays four to six eggs, and the chicks are hatched after an incubation period of 10-16 days.

What is their conservation status?

Sylvia atricapilla birds are listed as of Least Concern by the IUCN.

Eurasian Blackcap Fun Facts

What do Eurasian blackcaps look like?

A female Eurasian blackcap with a reddish-brown cap

The Eurasian blackcap belongs to the species Sylviidae of class Aves, and its scientific name is Sylvia atricapilla. The birds are commonly referred to as the mocking nightingale. The birds are very chic in appearance, with gray upper parts and a black cap on the head. The female blackcap sports a reddish-brown cap on the head with a brown undertone to its grey upperparts and underparts. They have a wingspan of 2.8–3.1 in (7–8 cm) and can fly at a top speed of 46.6 mph (75 kph). They are songbirds that make a beautiful song note that ends in a high crescendo. They have a vast population of 101-161 million individuals.

How cute are they?

The warbler is a very cute and charming little wonder in this world with a neat black cap and olive-green upperparts. The females are even cuter with a reddish-brown cap and a brown undertone in its gray upperparts. The songbird is a complete package of cuteness with excellent fluting songs and vocal skills and feeds on insects and fruits. Some birds can eat from feeders.

How do they communicate?

These birds of species Sylviidae are popular for their melodious song renditions. This warbler has earned the famous title of mocking nightingale. If you wake up at dawn, you could record the famous Sylviidae song which ends in a crescendo with a loud pitch. During breeding time, the male birds attract the female warblers with a loud sound similar to the sound produced by knocking two stones together. The warblers are very well adapted in their vocal skills, and one day you may find them mimicking other birds' song notes.

How big is a Eurasian blackcap?

It is 5.1-5.5 in (13-14 cm) in length and very similar to its closest relative, the garden warbler.

How fast can a Eurasian blackcap fly?

They can fly at a top speed of 46.60 mph (75 kph)

How much does a Eurasian blackcap weigh?

The blackcap bird's weight range is 0.56-0.88 oz (16-25 gm).

What are the male and female names of the species?

The males and females have no sex-specific names.

What would you call a baby Eurasian blackcap?

A baby Eurasian blackcap is called a chick.

What do they eat?

They are carnivores and feed on small insects and larvae, especially during the breeding season. They become frugivores during the summer season and feed on small fruits, pollen, and nectar. The birds are threatened during the breeding season by predators like Eurasian sparrowhawks. However, while migrating, the warbler is hunted by Eleonora's falcons. It is also hunted by stoats, weasels, squirrels.

Are they poisonous?

No, they are not poisonous, and their winter food sources include small fruits, and they may also eat peanuts from bird feeders.

Would they make a good pet?

The Eurasian blackcap is a friendly bird and this highly vocally active bird with its fluting song will fill your garden with endless music. This warbler is a beautiful bird with a black cap and olive-grey underparts. The female birds have a reddish-brown cap, and the differences between the sexes are not very evident. These birds of the Sylviidae species prefer arboreal habitats and sightings of these birds indicate that they prefer mature semi-deciduous trees with a vast scrub cover used for breeding.

Did you know...

A Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)is a fluting song bird with a distinct black cap on the head. The particular song of the Eurasian blackcap has earned it the title of the mocking nightingale. Unlike its subspecies from Madeira, Sylvia atricapilla Heineken breeds and spends the winters in the Canary Islands, Algeria, Morocco, Madeira, and Southwest Iberia. The Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) sightings reveal that it breeds and migrates in most Northwestern Africa, the Mediterranean region, Europe, and Western Asia.

The blackcap bird species is not a very rare one, as it has a vast population range of 101-161 million, and it is in the Least Concern category of the IUCN Red List.

They are famous as the northern nightingale because of their flute-like song.

Do Eurasian blackcaps migrate?

Yes, the Eurasian blackcaps are partial migrants and breed in parts of northwestern Africa, Europe, and Western Asia. Some of the Eurasian blackcap Sylvia atricapilla birds from German countries seem to have adapted to the winters of Great Britain and Ireland and breed in the gardens there. It has been observed that blackcaps prefer to breed in the thick scrub cover of mature deciduous trees in the woodlands and parks. The typical Sylvia atricapilla birds coming from the colder range migrate to tropical Africa, Northwestern Europe territory of the olive gardens of Mediterranean region to spend the winter season there.

What is the difference between a male and female Eurasian blackcap?

The adult male bird individuals identification is made by its famous black cap crown feathers, while the female Sylvia atricapilla has reddish-brown cap crown feathers. There are not many differences between the Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) males and females, and the identification is not very easy, as both have olive-gray colored underparts. However, the female individuals have a brown undertone to their gray underparts.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our mockingbird facts and hyacinth macaw facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Eurasian blackcap coloring pages.

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