Bird of the Week – Ruby-crowned Kinglet


The smallest songbird in the New World boreal forest is the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Creamer's Refuge, Fairbanks

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Creamer’s Refuge, Fairbanks

The red spot on the species’ head is only present in males and even then not all the time.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Creamer's Refuge, Fairbanks

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Creamer’s Refuge, Fairbanks

Even ithout the red spot, the broken white eye ring, two white wingbars and incredible hyperactivity make this a pretty easy bird to identify in the field. If you can keep your binoculars on it as it frenetically jumps around.

For a tiny bird, this little kinglet has an amazingly loud and long song. It’s a wonderful sign of spring.

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