Sylvia atricapilla (Blackcap, Eurasian blackcap) 

Swartkroonsanger [Afrikaans]; Zwartkop [Dutch]; Fauvette à tête noire [French]; Mönchsgrasmücke [German]; Toutinegra-de-barrete-preto [Portuguese]

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Sylvia atricapilla (Blackcap, Eurasian blackcap)   

Blackcap, southern Hungary. [photo Zoltán Győri ©]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds across much of Eurasia, heading south in the non-breeding season to parts of West Africa, Ethiopia south through Tanzania to Malawi. There are have been a number of records of it in southern Africa, in northern Namibia, Zimbabwe's eastern highlands and one from Johannesburg. It prefers dense undergrowth in woodland, which may cause it to be under-recorded in southern Africa, due to its unobtrusiveness.


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