Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Wrens, Kinglets, and Gnatcatchers

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Winter

Wrens, Kinglets, and Gnatcatchers

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Michael Marchiano

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Occurs in a wide variety of habitats ranging from brushy areas to open or dense woodlands and forests.


Olive-green upper parts, two white wing bars, conspicuous eye ring, and (in males, but not always visible) red crown patch. Song is comprised of several high-pitched introductory notes followed by a rapid, jumbling cacophony of rich, bubbly notes. Note habit of frequently flicking its wings, as if it were nervous.


Eats a diverse array of insects and spiders, supplemented with occasional fruits or seeds.

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