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Old Friday 28th December 2012, 08:10   #1
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Blackcap age

I had a blackcap in my garden this morning with a brown cap. I read that the post juvenial moult is partial and completed by October so is it safe to say female or could it still be a juvenile?

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Old Friday 28th December 2012, 09:20   #2
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Too early to tell for me. The brown cap on some juvenile males can stay through 1st winter without showing any partial moult.
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Old Friday 28th December 2012, 09:51   #3
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It's a female. Black caps are moulted in in late summer.
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Old Friday 28th December 2012, 10:16   #4
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It will be a female , some males take their time moulting , but I would expect them to be finnished by now or at the very least have some black feathering in the cap. If you get a second chance to look at the birds cap you will find females have a rich chestnut brown cap while juveniles and 1st winter males usually have a duller brown cap before moulting into a full black cap.

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Now seen it in better light and it is a warm chestnut colour so female it is then. Nice to see on the feeder when given the chance by the rather aggressive robin.

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