Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
(Regulus calendula)

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Regulidae

Male Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Photo: by Nigel on Flickr, CC

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Information

Length:  3.75 - 4.25"

Breeding Habitat: Coniferous forests, mixed forests, bogs.

Winter Habitat: Wide variety, including deciduous woodlands, mixed forests, coniferous forests, thickets, brushy areas, and abandoned fields.

Diet:  In breeding season, mostly small insects such as aphids, scale insects, bark beetles, leafhoppers, and small wasps.

Also, insect larvae, spiders, spider eggs, pseudoscorpions, and tree sap.

In winter, fruit (especially berries) and seeds.

  Song & calls of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Additional Information

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and songs and calls. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
(Female or non-breeding male)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Photo © Robert Royse

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Identification Tips

  • Very small, active bird that often flicks its wings
  • Thin bill
  • Broken eye ring
  • Olive upperparts
  • Pale olive underparts
  • White wing bars
  • Yellow edges to flight feathers and tail
  • Male has red patch in center of crown (not always visible)

(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)

Breeding Bird Survey Map,

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Breeding Map

(Image credit: USGS)

Range in New England

In New England, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet breeds in portions of the northern states. In southern New England, this bird is mostly seen during migration, although some do overwinter in this area.

Winter Map from eBird

Sightings of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet Nov-Mar over last 10 years

Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS