Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Regulidae
Genus: Regulus
Species: Regulus ignicapillus
The Firecrest (regulus ignicapillus/ignicapilla ) is the smallest european bird along with the Goldcrest.


It has the same dimensions of the Goldcrest and a similar coloriation, but has a white supercilium and brighter green upperparts. It has a yellow-orange crown and whitish underparts. Eyes are big and black.

Behavior Edit

The Firecrest is less tied to conifers than the Goldcrest. It makes a small nest using twigs, straw, moss and cobwebs, and lays about ten eggs in it. It sometimes joins mixed flocks with other passerines in winter. This bird lives in Central-North Europe and breeds in woods, however it is less tied to conifers than the Goldcrest. It is also rarer than the Goldcrest. It eats insects in summer and seeds in winter. Its song resembles the Goldcrest's: a pitched, subtle zi-zi-zi.

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