Eurasian Blackcap (Male)
Eurasian Blackcap (Male)
Scientific Name 
Sylvia atricapilla
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
سويدة رأس
14.0 cm
Least Concern


Common passage migrant; rare winter and summer visitor. One of Eurasia’s most abundant woodland warblers. Widespread on bushes and trees throughout the country both in autumn and spring. Often observed in loose groups on passage; commonly up to 100 recorded in a day.
Where in Kuwait 
On migration it is more usually associated with areas rich in berries and other fruits, including olive groves, mature gardens and palm plantations and can be found in most areas that offer this habitat from Green Island in the east to Al Abraq in the west
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be increasing owing to afforestation and land use changes leading to increased shrubby growth in parts of its range. It breeds across Europe, Asia and North Africa, from western Europe to south-western Siberia, and south to the Mediterranean, Turkey and south-western Russia. It s a partial migrant, with birds from the north and east of the range generally moving southwards to spend the winter in western and southern Europe and in Africa. It is named for the male’s distinctive black cap, which contrasts with the otherwise greyish plumage.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting, trapping and loss of habitat