Ruby-crowned Kinglet

(Regulus calendula)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant, uncommon to rare breeder

Habitat

Breeding: Coniferous and mixed forests and woodlands with spruce,

Migration: Coniferous, deciduous, and muxed forests with shrub understory

Size

3½ to 4¼ in length

6½ to 7½ wingspan

      Photo by Laurie Wachholz

Identification

The upper parts are olive green. The underparts are whitish to yellowish. There is a prominent white wingbar. On the head there is a prominent, broken, light eye riing. The male has a small red crown that is often hidden. The female lacks the red crown.

 
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Migration

Late March to late May and late August to early November


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Regulidae (Kinglets and Goldcrests)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Dusky Kinglet (Regulus calendula obscurus)

Northern Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula calendula)

Sitkan Kinglet (Regulus calendula grinnelli)

 
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Published on Dec 25, 2011

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are common winter birds in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Only males have a ruby crown which is often hard to see until they occasionally flare it out. Hutton's Vireos, a year-round bird, look similar but make different sounds.

 
     
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Published on Jul 5, 2013

Great view of the rarely seen crown on a Ruby Crowned Kinglet visiting my window. One of the smallest birds in North America. The male shows its red crown only infrequently. See more birds at http://www.SocialSavvyMom.com

 
     
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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2009

Great view of the rarely seen crown on a Ruby Crowned Kinglet visiting my window feeder.

 
     
  Ruby-crowned Kinglet singing and hunting bugs in Mayslake
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Slow motion of Kinglet with normal speed song in the background.

 
     
  California Wildlife --- Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, foraging & then displaying its red crown
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Published on Dec 5, 2015

Orange County, California, USA

 
     

 

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Bernie Stang
5/6/2019

Location: Paynesville MN 56362

In my tree in front of my house - tiny and fast and so spirited !!!


Morgan M.
5/4/2019

Location: Northfield, MN

We live on the edge of town, near a marshy area and a field. Our yard has 8 mature pines in it. Have never seen this guy before. He is hovering near and landing on our front windows… He has his red plumage up. The kids think he has fallen in love with his reflection… Hmmm… He may not be breeding this year! LOL


Christine L.
4/14/2019

Location: city neighborhood in St. Paul, MN (one mile East of the Mississippi River, about ¾  mile South of I94 freeway)

I’ve never seen this beautiful little bird here in my yard!  As I was walking in my garage past the window, this little guy flew in and out of the lilac tree branches outside the window (only about 5’ above the ground) --- crest all fluffed up and raised.  I wondered if he had seen his reflection and was thinking it was another Kinglet.


Bernie Stang
10/23/2018

Location: Paynesville  MN

Beautiful and soooo tiny and they blend in with the green yellow leaves that are left. I saw 3-4 of them today, took some photos and one had the red tuft on its head - the male. Beautiful!!!!!!!


Christina Carter
8/5/2018
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Location: Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom

I saw four of these beautiful birds eating in my front garden, did not get time to take a photo shot


Gayle
12/24/2017

Location: Maple Plain, Minnesota 

a flock of singlets today at our feeder. Squirrel scared them away.


melissakliever
10/12/2017

Location: Princeton, Minnesota

in our yard hit window we picked it up and we a reporting that we had one here lovely bird we have never seen one before 


     
     
 

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