Beak of the Week: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is one of North America’s smallest birds. You would think that the cherry crest would be this bird’s most obvious identifier; however, it’s not. Unfortunately, the male usually keeps its beautiful red crown hidden. This means that it is usually the olive-green coloring, wing bars, black legs, yellow feet, and continually moving wings that give it away. Oh, and don’t forget those lovely bold, incomplete white eye-rings!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Common Name: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Latin Name: Regulus calendula

Range: A migratory bird, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet’s range extends from northwest Canada and Alaska south to Mexico.

Habitat: Spruce-fir forests, mixed woods, and meadows.

Diet: Ruby-Crowned Kinglets prey on spiders, pseudoscorpions, and many types of insects, including aphids, wasps, ants, and bark beetles.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula

Click here and you will be directed to a website where you can listen to the call of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Birding!

Danielle + Michelle

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