Eating the berries on the ivy at the back of the garden.
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Such a lovely bird, she has brighter colouration than any I've seen - perhaps breeding colours?
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I agree about the colour. Part of it was due to the sun shining on her, but I don't know about breeding colours. Maybe an expert could comment...
The brightness is largely down to the sun. At this time of year, the plumage is that which she moulted into last autumn. So, you can see that the end of the tail is actually very worn, after the winter. In many birds, the autumn moult produces feathers which have paler tips, especially to the head and body feathers; they then wear away through the winter slowly, revealing a brighter tone underneath by the spring. That forms their breeding plumage. That is very obvious in birds like Reed Bunting.
In Blackcaps, I am not especially aware of that happening, so I think that the sun is producing the effect here, mostly. There might be an element of the breeding brightness in there, though, I suppose.
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Interesting, thank you for the explanation.
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