Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, male - Devore, CA
© Brad Singer
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - San Jacinto, CA
© Tom Benson

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a common wintering bird on campus from October through April. It can be seen anywhere on campus. It is a common winter visitor in southern California and a rare breeding bird in our local mountains.

High Count: 10, Average Count: 2-4

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet can be identified by its tiny size, olive green upperparts, pale yellow underparts, and white wing bar and eye ring. When agitated, a male will raise his crown feathers revealing a bright, ruby-red crown.


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