Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet looks similar to a
goldfinch. However the Ruby-crowned kinglet is more of a solitary bird,
not moving in a flock. It also has a rounder body and a less upright
posture. The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is also an insect eater, notice its
small pointy beak.
Nesting habitat of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet
The Ruby-crowned kinglet builds a nest similar
to that of a bushtit. It is a hanging nest usually placed in a conifer.
Some of it's favorite nesting locations are lodgepole pine,
fir, and Mountain Hemlock.
How to Attract the Ruby-crowned Kinglet to your garden
In the summer the Ruby-crowned Kinglet needs
coniferous forest habitats for nesting and feeding. In the winter the
Ruby-crowned Kinglet will use all sorts of habitats. In the picture
below, a ruby-crowned kinglet hunts for insects in the very dry chaparral of late
summer. They will use the birdbath
especially if you are near a coniferous forest where they might
be hanging out.
Diet of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet eats almost entirely
arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) They also occasionally eat berries
and seeds. They catch their insects by gleaning them from foliage, fly
catching, or hovering. They may form flocks especially in winter with
other insect eating birds.
Habitat/Plant community used by the
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet spends its winters
throughout California in the lower elevations. Moving out of these
areas in the summer and moving to the higher elevations. This allows
them to take advantage of the fluctuation in insect populations.