Taiwan flamecrest
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Regulidae
Genus: Regulus
Species: Regulus goodfellowi
The flamecrest, also known as Taiwan firecrest (regulus goodfellowi) is a small and colourful songbird. Endemic to Taiwan.


It measures about 9 cm in lenght. The male has a blackish crown and bright orange coronal stripe, yellow at rear. The black eye patch is surrounded by a white ring which extends into the white supercilium and lores. The bird has blacck moustachial stripe and white throat. Nuchal collar and breast gray; back olive; belly, rump and vent yellow. Wings and tail are black with white wing bars and yellow edges to primaries. The female is similar to the male, but has yellow coronal stripe. Eyes are brown, legs are dark grey and bill is black. [1]


Sings in thin and high pitched “tse, tse,…” sound. Very selective about trees and rests and feeds only on conifers. Active by nature and often lives alone, searching and picking insects among branches of a conifer. [2] The Firecrest Kinglet is for the most part an insectivore, feeding primarily on insects, their larvae and eggs. He explores the tops and undersides of the branches and leaves of the trees and shrubbery in the coniferous forests. From time to time they will consume weeds and berries as well. The Firecrest will also rummage around on the ground, flitting about the foliage in search of prey. [3]


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