April 1, 2015 – Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)

Goldcrests are found in a wide range, including most of Eurasia and the islands of Macaronesia off the coast of Africa. They feed almost entirely on insects and other small invertebrates. At about 3.5 inches (9 cm) in length, they are one of the smallest birds in Europe. Their name stems from the crest of yellow feathers running along their head and is also why they are known as the king of the birds in many European folk stories. They can raise as many as 20 chicks in a year, with females laying a new clutch of eggs before the last group of nestlings have fledged.

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