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0.67 inches of rain on December 31, and much needed. One of my best photos ever !! HAPPY NEW YEARS ALL !! A new bird for me here in NW Arkansas – a Golden Crowned Kinglet. Normally a northern bird – Canada and Alaska bound bird; they winter in the southern US;

Adult Description

  • Tiny bird.
  • Dull, olive-green on back.
  • Whitish below.
  • Wingbars.
  • Black stripe through eyes, white eyebrow.
  • Crown yellow, orange centered in male (often hidden), bordered in black.
  • Short tail.
  • In constant motion, continually flicking its wings.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with browner back and without yellow crown.

Cool Facts

  • Formerly breeding almost exclusively in the remote, boreal spruce-fir forests of North America, the diminutive Golden-crowned Kinglet has been expanding its breeding range southward into spruce plantings in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
  • The Golden-crowned Kinglet usually raises two large broods of young, despite the short nesting season of the northern boreal forest.
  • The female Golden-crowned Kinglet feeds her large brood only on the first day after they leave the nest. She then starts laying the second set of eggs while the male takes care of the first brood. Despite having eight or nine young to feed, the male manages to feed them, himself, and occasionally the incubating female too.
  • Each of the Golden-crowned Kinglet’s nostrils are covered by a single, tiny feather.

Habitat

Breeds in spruce and fir forests, as well as some mixed coniferous-deciduous forests.

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