Male Goldcrest

Goldcrest

Scientific name: Regulus regulus

Did you know: The Goldcrest, Europe’s tiniest bird, is so light it’s comparable to the weight of 5 drawing pins!

What Do Goldcrests Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

Goldcrests are dainty birds with a greyish-green back and a pale belly. Their most striking feature is the vibrant black and yellow stripe on their heads, which turns orange in the centre for males. 

These tiny birds, with their slender beaks, are adept at extracting insects from pine needles.

Differences Between Male And Female Goldcrests

Males are distinguished by an orange centre in their crown stripe, while females have a purely yellow one. Otherwise, both sexes share similar grey-green and creamy plumage.

What Do Goldcrests Eat?

Goldcrests thrive on tiny insects, spiders, moth eggs, and other minuscule invertebrates. Their slender beaks are perfectly adapted to pluck these morsels from within foliage.

Where Do Goldcrests Live? (Including Migration Info)

Goldcrests inhabit woodlands, urban, and suburban areas across the UK, boasting 610,000 territories. 

They’re migratory, with many moving southward during winter to places like Macaronesia and Iceland.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Goldcrests)

Goldcrests have a high-pitched, repetitive song that’s often the first hint of their presence. Their common call is a sharp, equally high-pitched ‘siii’.

Fun Goldcrest Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Goldcrests are the UK’s smallest birds, weighing just about 6 grams.
  • They can lay up to 12 eggs – one and a half times their body weight!
  • Their nests are spherical hammocks, snugly situated in spruce or fir trees.
  • In winter, they may use 20% of their body weight to stay warm at night.
  • Despite their small size, they migrate long distances, even from Russia and Poland.
  • Goldcrests have a lifespan of about two years.

Facts About The Goldcrest

Diet: Goldcrests eat tiny morsels like spiders, moth eggs and other small insect food.
Bird Family: Kinglets and Firecrests
Length: 9cm
Wingspan: 14cm
Weight: 6g
Scientific Name: Regulus regulus

The Goldcrest 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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