sylvia bush

June 29, 2017 - Bush Blackcap (Sylvia nigricapillus or Lioptilus nigricapillus)

These blackcaps are found in the forests of eastern South Africa, and western Swaziland. Their diet is mainly fruits, small berries, and some insects. Pairs are usually seen foraging for food in trees, sometimes alongside other frugivores. During the breeding season, pairs build neat cup nests of leaves, grass, roots, bark, small twigs, and other plant materials. Both parents care for the chicks. They are listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN due to habitat loss in their limited range.