RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (Regulus calendula)

The Ruby-crowned kinglet is smaller than a chickadee, at around 10 cm (4 in.) long. The male features a red crown (usually hidden) on the head, its upper parts are grey with some green, and the under parts are green. Females It is a very active bird, flicking frequently, and this trait helps in its identification. The bird usually flies in the lower branches of trees.

The ruby-crowned kinglet breeds on PEI and is common. This tiny bird will lay up to a dozen eggs! It bird feeds on insects from trees. It migrates to the southern USA and Mexico.

Conservation: When flying back from migration, the ruby-crowned kinglet, along with dozens of other species, is vulnerable to collisions with windows, particularly from high-rise buildings in cities. The city of Toronto is especially challenging because it is located by Lake Ontario and is in the middle of a well-traveled migration route. (When I was working in Toronto, one morning outside my building on Bloor street I found a male ruby-crowned kinglet laying on the ground. It had struck a window.) There are now widespread ‘Lights Out’ programs to encourage, even mandate, cities to turn off building lights at night to prevent this preventable massacre (numbers vary from 100 million to 1 billion migrating birds each year in North America).

Ruby-crowned kinglet - Central PEI - Sept. 22, 2017 - © Chris Rice
Ruby-crowned kinglet – Central PEI – Sept. 22, 2017 – Chris Rice
Ruby-crowned kinglet, male - Apr.30, 2017 - Rustico, PEI - Matt Beardsley
Ruby-crowned kinglet, male – Apr.30, 2017 – Rustico, PEI – Matt Beardsley
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - May 10, 2013 - Kathy McCormack
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – May 10, 2013 – Kathy McCormack

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