Natural Highlights: Ruby-crowned Kinglet


The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a fast-moving tiny bird, common in our area in the winter and during migration, which can be identified by its small size and its brisk, fluttery behavior, as well as a white eye ring and single white wing bar on an otherwise gray and olive green bird.  A miniscule, plain bird flicking its wings constantly and moving quickly through the shrubs and trees is likely to be a Kinglet. The male has a bright red crown on its head, but it is often hidden and difficult to see.  Golden-crowned Kinglets are similar in size and behavior but have dramatic black and white striping on the head in addition to a yellow crown.

Kinglets are only slightly larger than hummingbirds and smaller than warblers, weighing in at just 0.2 to 0.4 ounces, but females often manage to produce incredibly large numbers of eggs - up to 12 in a single brood!  Nesting occurs in the conifer forests of Canada and the western U.S., usually very high in the tops of trees.  Kinglets are gleaners, searching every twig, leaf, and crevice for small insects, spiders, and other invertebrates, and are thus dependent on healthy, diverse habitats - as are all bird species.

Learn more about the Ruby-crowned Kinglet below:

All About Birds - Ruby-crowned Kinglet 

Audubon - Ruby-crowned Kinglet

How to attract Ruby-crowned Kinglets to your birdfeeder

Posted by Cathy Justis at 12:09 PM