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The Eurasian blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) is a typical warbler in Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. It has grey upperparts and paler grey underparts, and the male has a black cap, while the female's is reddish-brown. The male's song is a rich musical warbling. The blackcap builds a neat cup nest in scrub, often in mature deciduous woodland. The female lays four to six buff eggs, which hatch in about 11 days. The chicks fledge in 11–12 days, but are fed by both adults for some time after. Birds from the colder areas of the range migrate, wintering in scrub in western Europe, around the Mediterranean and in Africa. Some German birds winter in gardens in the British Isles. Blackcaps eat insects when breeding, but otherwise survive primarily on small fruit; garden birds also eat bread, fat and peanuts in winter. The blackcap's range has been expanding, even though it is hunted in some countries. Its rich song has been featured in literature, films and music. (Full article...)