Perching

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula
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Length: 4 in. (11 cm )
In winter this tiny species is found in a wide variety of forested habitat types. It is usually part of large mixed species foraging flocks made up of chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, and creepers. In the summer, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet moves to higher elevations and latitudes to nest in dense coniferous forests. The nest is a small sack-like affair that hangs from a high limb. It has an entrance at the top and is made of moss, lichens, and plant down. When foraging for insects, this species often flitters up and hovers for a second near a leaf to snatch an insect sitting there.

The four-digit banding code is RCKI.

Male | Herbert Clarke


Fir forest

Mesquite bosque

Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest

Shrubs

Urban city
Bird Sound Type: Twittering
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: December 11, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruby-crowned-kinglet

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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Ruby-crowned Kinglet. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 11, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruby-crowned-kinglet

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Dr. Biology. "Ruby-crowned Kinglet". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruby-crowned-kinglet

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Dr. Biology. "Ruby-crowned Kinglet". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 11 Dec 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/ruby-crowned-kinglet

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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