Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla) - HBW 11, p. 693

French: Fauvette à tête noire German: Mönchsgrasmücke Spanish: Curruca Capirotada
Other common names: Black-capped Warbler

Taxonomy: Motacilla Atricapilla Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Sister-species of S. borin; the two are the most divergent members of the genus. Geographical variation very slight and largely clinal, and racial boundaries poorly marked; nominate race intergrades with dammholzi in Turkey, Crimea and NW Caucasus, and heineken and pauluccii intergrade widely in Spain and NW Africa. Proposed race riphaea (described from SE Urals, in W Russia) synonymized with nominate, koenigi (Mallorca) with pauluccii, obscura (Madeira) with heineken, and atlantis (Azores) with gularis. Five subspec.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Motacilla Atricapilla Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Sister-species of S. borin; the two are the most divergent members of the genus. Geographical variation very slight and largely clinal, and racial boundaries poorly marked; nominate race intergrades with dammholzi in Turkey, Crimea and NW Caucasus, and heineken and pauluccii intergrade widely in Spain and NW Africa. Proposed race riphaea (described from SE Urals, in W Russia) synonymized with nominate, koenigi (Mallorca) with pauluccii, obscura (Madeira) with heineken, and atlantis (Azores) with gularis. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • atricapilla (Linnaeus, 1758) - breeds W Europe (S to Pyrenees and N Italy) E to SW Siberia and N Kazakhstan, S to C Turkey and SW Russia; non-breeding W & S Europe, and NW, W & E Africa.
  • gularis Alexander, 1898 - Azores and Cape Verde Is.
  • heineken (Jardine, 1830) - W & S Iberian Peninsula, Madeira and Canary Is, and probably Morocco to Algeria and Tunisia.

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  • atricapilla (Linnaeus, 1758) - breeds W Europe (S to Pyrenees and N Italy) E to SW Siberia and N Kazakhstan, S to C Turkey and SW Russia; non-breeding W & S Europe, and NW, W & E Africa.
  • gularis Alexander, 1898 - Azores and Cape Verde Is.
  • heineken (Jardine, 1830) - W & S Iberian Peninsula, Madeira and Canary Is, and probably Morocco to Algeria and Tunisia.
  • pauluccii Arrigoni, 1902 - E Spain, Balearic Is, Corsica, Sardinia, C & S Italy (including Sicily), and probably Tunisia.
  • dammholzi Stresemann, 1928 - breeds NE Turkey and NW Caucasus S to Levant and S Caspian Sea region; non-breeding E sub-Saharan Africa.