Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Code 4

RCKI

Code 6

REGCAL

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a small songbird found throughout North America. Typical breeding habitats of this bird include coniferous woodlands in Canada, Alaska, northern New England and the western United States. Nests are cup-shaped and suspended from branches on the conifers. In winter months, this species migrates southward to the southern United States and Mexico. Some western populations are permanent residents. Recently, less disturbed populations have been discovered farther north. This species forages for food in trees and shrublands, eating insects, spiders, berries and tree sap. The conservation rating for the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Ruby-crowned Kinglet: Medium kinglet, olive-green upperparts and olive-buff underparts. Head has inconspicuous tuft of red crown feathers and white eye rings. Wings are dark with two white bars. Tail is slightly notched and has white edges. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: Breeds from Alaska east across Canada to Newfoundland, south to California and New Mexico, and to the Great Lakes region and northern New England in the east. Spends winters from southern British Columbia and California south to Mexico and across the southern tier of states to southern New England. Preferred habitats include coniferous and deciduous forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tsee-tsee", "liberty-liberty-liberty", "je-dtit", "cack-cack"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Ruby-crowned Kinglet was described in 1766 by Linnaeus; its generic name is Latin for 'little king'.
  • It differs sufficiently in its voice and plumage from other kinglets that it is occasionally afforded its own genus, Corthylio.
  • They feed lower in the canopy than the Golden-crowned and characteristically hovers above a twig looking for caterpillars, aphids, and other insects.
  • A group of kinglets has many collective nouns, including a "castle", "court", "princedom", and "dynasty" of kinglets.

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CERange Map for Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Gary Owen Dick

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Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X