Monday, April 23, 2018
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, BLUFFERS PARK, SCARBOROUGH,TORONTO, ON, 4/22/18
We can ID this bird as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) by the following:
- Small size - We estimated in the field that it's size was 4"+-. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet varies
in size from 3.5" to 4.3".
- Thin, straight and dark bill.
- Greenish plumage.
- Two white wingbars. The wingbar closer to the wingtip is wider and next to a dark band.
- Large head and almost no neck.
- Short, notched tail.
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a tiny bird that lays up to 12 eggs, the largest clutch of any North Americsn passerine for it's size. A full clutch can weigh as much as the female herself. The Kinglet is mainly insectivorous, but also eats fruits and seeds.
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 778.