Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet
(Regulus satrapa)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Regulidae

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Golden-crowned Kinglet Information

Length:  3.5 - 4"

Breeding Habitat: Usually dense, coniferous forests, especially where spruce or fir are present. Also, mixed woodlands.

Winter Habitat: Coniferous forests, mixed woodlands, deciduous forests (especially with thickets or shrubby growth), swamps, pine groves, and suburban areas.

Diet:  Mainly small insects, small spiders, insect larvae, spider eggs, mites. Insects include bark lice, small beetles, aphids, scale insects, springtails, midges, and many others. In winter, diet includes some seeds.

  Songs and calls of Golden-crowned Kinglet

Additional Information

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Identification Tips

  • Very small, active bird that often flicks its wings
  • Thin bill
  • Yellow crown surrounded by black
  • White supercilium
  • Black eyeline and whisker
  • Grayish-olive upperparts
  • Whitish underparts
  • White wing bars
  • Yellow edges to flight feathers and tail
  • Male has orange patch in center of yellow crown

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Golden-crowned Kinglet Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

Golden-crowned Kinglets are year-round residents in a good portion of New England.

This bird is found only during non-breeding season in most of Connecticut and, according to some sources, in Rhode Island also. However, other sources show them as year-round residents of Rhode Island.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Golden-crowned Kinglet Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS