In males, the centre of crown is orange with outer border yellow. In females, the centre of crown is yellow. This species breeds in coniferous forests and groves, mixedwoods with a preponderance of conifers. In migration and winter, also deciduous trees and bushes (Godfrey 1986). Below is one of the better photos I’ve seen of the sublime crown detail of a male Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa). The perfect scenario: the bird was foraging on outer branches at eye level; bright, excellent early morning light was to our back; and Sandra Dashney’s camera skills were at their ready!
Photo: A male Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa). Dolman Ridge at Mer Bleue, Ottawa, Ontario 10 April 2016. Sandra Dashney.
Godfrey, W.E. 1986. The Birds of Canada. Revised Edition. National Museum of Canada. Ottawa.