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Ruby-crowned kinglet

Regulus calendula

Description:

This bird, one of the smallest North American songbirds, has olive-green plumage with two white wing bars and a white eye-ring. Males have a red crown patch, which is usually concealed. The sexes are identical (apart from the crown), and juveniles are similar in plumage to adults. The kinglet is migratory, and its range extends from northwest Canada and Alaska south to Mexico. Its breeding habitat is spruce-fir forests in the northern, mountainous, United States and Canada. It mainly eats insects but also fruit and seeds.

Habitat:

Seen in woods during the Christmas bird count

Notes:

My first sighting of this bird :-)

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3 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Thanks, Marta and Fyn! I hadn't seen one with such a bright brown before.

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd a year ago

Awesome job capturing the red crown on this beautiful little bird!

Adorable! It looks like he must be very tiny.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Dec 23, 2012
Submitted on Dec 24, 2012

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