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Ruby Crowned Kinglet (Female)

Ruby Crowned Kinglet (Female)

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) is a very small passerine bird found throughout North America. It is a member of the kinglet family. The bird 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. It is one of the smallest songbirds in North America. The ruby-crowned kinglet is not closely related to other kinglets and is put in its own subgenus, Corthylio. Three subspecies are currently recognized. [Wikipedia]

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Female)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Female)

A tiny bird seemingly overflowing with energy, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet forages almost frantically through lower branches of shrubs and trees. Its habit of constantly flicking its wings is a key identification clue. Smaller than a warbler or chickadee, this plain green-gray bird has a white eye-ring and a white bar on the wing. Alas, the male’s brilliant ruby crown patch usually stays hidden—your best chance to see it is to find an excited male singing in spring or summer. [All About Birds]

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Female)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Female)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Facts [All About Birds]

  • The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a tiny bird that lays a very large clutch of eggs—there can be up to 12 in a single nest. Although the eggs themselves weigh only about a fiftieth of an ounce, an entire clutch can weigh as much as the female herself.
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglets seem nervous as they flit through the foliage, flicking their wings nearly constantly. Keeping an eye out for this habit can be a useful aid to identifying kinglets.
  • Metabolic studies on Ruby-crowned Kinglets suggest that these tiny birds use only about 10 calories (technically, kilo-calories) per day.
  • The oldest known Ruby-crowned Kinglet was a female, and at least 4 years, 7 months old when she was recaptured and re-released during banding operations in California in 2007. She had been banded in the same state in 2003.

 

3 comments on “Ruby-crowned Kinglet

  1. petchary says:

    What a cutie. But where is his ruby crown?

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    1. Only the males wear the ruby crown.

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      1. petchary says:

        Oh! As expected I suppose…

        Liked by 1 person

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