Male Firecrest


Scientific name: Regulus ignicapillus

Did you know: The Firecrest, often competes with Goldcrest for the title of the UK’s smallest flyer, and is a vibrant and restless avian gem!

What Do Firecrests Look Like? (how to identify them)

Firecrests are tiny birds, dazzling with their bright, ‘clean’ appearance. 

They sport a green-coloured back, white underparts, a distinctive bronze ‘collar’, and an eye-catching black and white eye-stripe. The males are particularly notable for their yellowish and black striped head, featuring a vibrant orange centre.

Differences Between Male And Female Firecrests

While both sexes share similar striking plumage, males stand out with a bright orange centre in their yellow and black head stripe, whereas females display a more yellowish tone.

What Do Firecrests Eat?

These petite birds are insectivores, primarily feeding on tiny insects like moth eggs, spiders, and other small bugs found among foliage.

Where Do Firecrests Live? (inc. migration info)

Firecrests are summer visitors to Britain and Ireland, often found in woodlands and occasionally in urban and suburban settings. 

They breed in various parts of the south, central, and eastern parts of England and into Wales, while their winter migration brings them across from Fennoscandia.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Firecrests)

Firecrests have a high-pitched, melodic song, often described as a series of ‘sip seep seeep’ sounds. These delightful tunes, slightly louder and faster than those of the Goldcrest, can be heard echoing through their woodland habitats.

Fun Firecrest Facts (kid friendly)

  • Firecrests are among the smallest birds in the UK.
  • They have a striking orange stripe on their heads (if they’re males).
  • These birds are known for their agile movements in trees.
  • Firecrests can sometimes be seen hanging upside down while foraging!
  • They are closely related to Goldcrests but have brighter markings.
  • In winter, Firecrests might join flocks with other small birds.
  • They are primarily insect eaters, hunting for tiny bugs among leaves.
  • Firecrests were first recorded breeding in Hampshire in 1962.
  • They migrate to the UK from Fennoscandia for winter.
  • Despite their small size, Firecrests have a loud and clear song.

Facts About The Firecrest

Diet: Firecrests eat tiny morsels like spiders, moth eggs and other small insect food.
Bird Family: Kinglets and Firecrests
Length: 9cm
Wingspan: 13-16cm
Weight: 5-7g
Scientific Name: Regulus ignicapillus

The Firecrest Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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