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The male’s black and the female’s red-brown cap make these the most easily identifiable British warblers. Their other most obvious characteristic is a rich, melodious song which can be confused with that of the nightingale. In common with many warblers, blackcaps change from their usual insect diet before migrating, eating fruit to build up fuel reserves. In southern countries they have thus earned the name of “fig-eater”.
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