Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Code 4

GCKI

Code 6

REGSAT

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a small species of songbird which breeds in coniferous forests throughout the Americas. This species may be found in Canada, the northeastern and western United States, Mexico and Central America. During winter months, this bird migrates to the southern United States. Those who live in coastal and southern regions are typically permanent residents. The Golden-crowned Kinglet forages for its food in trees and shrubs or other low vegetation. This species’ diet consists mainly of insects, insect eggs and spiders. Due to maintained or increasing populations of the Golden-crowned Kinglet, its current conservation rating is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Very small, warbler-like bird, olive-green to gray upperparts and pale breast. Head has bright orange crown patch bordered with yellow and black, white eyebrows and black bill. Tail is short and wings have two bars. Female similar but lacks orange in the yellow crown. Weak fluttering flight on shallow wing beats.


Range and Habitat

Golden-crowned Kinglet: Common from southern Alaska across central Canada and southeast to the Carolinas; breeds in the northern parts of its range and spends winters south throughout much of the U.S. to Florida and the Gulf coast. Preferred habitats include dense conifer forests; also found in deciduous and mixed forests.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tsee-tsee-tsee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Each of the Golden-crowned Kinglet's nostrils are covered by a single, tiny feather.
  • Formerly breeding almost exclusively in the remote, boreal spruce-fir forests of North America,ithas been expanding its breeding range southward into spruce plantings in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
  • They usually raises two large broods of young, despite the short nesting season of the northern boreal forest.
  • A group of kinglets has many collective nouns, including a "castle", "court", "princedom", and "dynasty" of kinglets.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Golden-crowned Kinglet

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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