A migratory species mainly with some population wintering in Cyprus and the Akamas. It passes through in large numbers during migration periods, where it is seen in a wide variety of habitats where there are plenty of shrubs and trees.
It is observed to move through the foliage of trees and bushes, looking for food, mainly insects but also some fruits. Cyprus is an important stop during the migration periods, where the Blackcap like the rest of the migratory species of the Sylvidae family, serves to rest and ‘supply’ with food to be able to continue their journey over the sea.
The species is well known to the people of Cyprus and is the main target of illegal trappings (nets and limesticks) which unfortunately is still practiced locally on the island by a part of its inhabitants. This results in the trapping and killing of a large number of birds of this species each year, as well as many other species, which fall victim as ‘collateral losses’, since these methods are not selective.
It is a small bird, but one of the relatively large ones in the family. It has a greyish color on the body and tail, with a somewhat lighter colored lower part of the body, and a characteristic ‘cap’, black in the male and reddish brown in the female.