Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kinglets

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Kinglets are small passerines (songbirds) that are found in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. They are called kinglet because all seven species have a crest or crown. There are two species of kinglets in North America, the golden-crowned kinglet, pictured above, and the ruby-crowned kinglet, pictured below. The golden-crowned is similar in appearance to the goldcrest kinglet which is found in Europe and Asia.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
The ruby-crowned kinglet is the largest of all species of kinglets. The ruby crown is often not visible, usually depending on the mood of the bird. This may be because it is the only kinglets whose crown is not lined with black. Both species of North American kinglets breed mainly across northern Canada, although some birds also breed along the northern Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the US, and in the Rocky Mountain region. Most of these birds migrate to the US and northern Mexico for the winter.


12 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

a sturdy-looking little bird
ROG. ABC Wednesday team

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the kingslets. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Hildred said...

I used to see so many of these on the farm, but never in town, alas...

ChrisJ said...

How beautiful! I've always wanted to see a kinglet. I almost didn't see the crown on your photo. It is easily missed.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're the sweetest little things.

Karen said...

Oh gosh, aren't they sweet!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Jeff That is a very sturdy looking fellow.

Andrea said...

In all my years I have only seen one Kinglet (red crowned) pass through my area during migration. They are so little, you could miss them if you were standing right next to them ... and they are adorable. Don't know much about their behavior ... perhaps, like the little wren, they aren't as sweet as they look. Beautiful pictures EB ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Ercotravels said...

Soo cute

Dave said...

Beautiful small bird

Mary Howell Cromer said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Love these guys and they are so quick at what they do, hard to get these kinds of awesome captures!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These are absolutely adorable and wonderful info on them