Golden-crowned Kinglet males

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.