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Bird name:

Goldcrest

Regulus regulus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

GC

BTO 5

GOLDC

Euring 5

13140
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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Goldcrest is resident in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

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Goldcrest: Tiny, round bird with dull olive-green upperparts and buff to white underparts. Crown has black edges and a bright yellow to orange central stripe, which shows more orange when raised in display. Wings have two white wingbars. Bill is black, legs and feet are brown. Undulating flight.


Range and Habitat

Goldcrest: Resident throughout the UK and Ireland. Birds from Scandinavia may spend the winter on Britain's east coast. Found primarily in coniferous woodlands, also visits parks and gardens. Breeds from Scandinavia to northern Spain, and east to Asia. Northern birds migrate south for the winter.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tsee-tsee-tsee", "tweedly tweedleedee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Goldcrest is the national bird of Luxembourg and is Europe's smallest bird.
  • They are also known as Gold-crested Wrens and are featured in a poem by Charles Tennyson Turner with that title.
  • Cold winters in the early 1960s caused a population decline that they didn't recover from until the mid 1970s.
  • A group of kinglets has many collective nouns, including a "castle", "court", "princedom", and "dynasty" of kinglets.

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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