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Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla)

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 Ireland. Best looked for in woodland, parks and gardens with plenty of trees and shrubs. In winter will readily come into gardens.

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Taken on April 17, 2011