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(Regulus regulus)
Alternate name(s): "King of the birds"
German name(s): "Wintergoldhähnchen"

Size: 10-11 cm; wing span 15-21 cm
Weight: 5-11 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Goldcrest at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "regulus"



Frontal view of a female(?) Goldcrest (photo courtesy of G. Normand)
[Pere Lachaise cemetery, 20th district, Paris, France, January 2021]

Near-dorsal view of a female(?) Goldcrest (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

Sex unknown

Near-dorsal view of a Goldcrest (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, October 2020]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

gldcrst_jp_20201016.m4a regulus
Contact calls (Q&A) © JP
gldcrst_dw_20161003.m4a regulus
Q&A (pair) © DW
gldcrst_jp_20201103.m4a regulus
Q&A (pair) © JP
gldcrst_jp_20201103_2.m4a regulus
? © JP
gldcrst_jp_20200910.m4a regulus
? © JP

More Goldcrest sound recordings are available at .

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