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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Regulus calendula

Kinglets, Bluebirds and Thrushes
Old-World Warbler Family (Regulidae)

Size: Length: 11.5 cm Wingspan: 17-19 cm

Description: Occasionally residing year-round, the ruby-crowned kinglet is a common nester. They have an olive nape and back, dusky wings and tail, and a light underside. Males have a bright red crown, while females lack this touch of colour. There is a white eye-ring, and two white wing bars. The throat is light gray, and the undersides has a definite hint of yellow. The lack of any striping above the eye separates the ruby-crowned from the similar golden-crowned kinglet. It picks insects from branches, often hovering before plucking the insects. They also eat some seeds and berries. They prefer coniferous forests where they build their nest, usually suspended from a branch. When inside the deep cup-shaped nest, the female is completely hidden from view. The call is several seconds in duration. It begins with several high, monotone notes, followed by s series of rapid, warbling notes.

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