Golden-crowned Kinglet

The Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) is a very small songbird characterized by their olive-grey upperparts, white underparts, thin bill and short tail. They have white wing bars, a black stripe through the eyes and a yellow crown surrounded by black. The adult male has an orange patch in the middle of the yellow crown.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, the northeastern and western United States, Mexico and Central America. They build their nests in well-concealed hanging cups suspended from conifer branches.

These birds migrate to the United States and some are permanent residents in coastal regions and in the southern parts of their range. Northern birds remain further north in winter than the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects, insect eggs and spiders.

They give a series of high-pitched calls on a single note.