November 19, 2015 – Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

Requested by: @mostdelightfulhat

Spending their summers in Canada and parts of the northern and western United States, these kinglets migrate to the southern United States and Mexico. They eat mostly invertebrates, including spiders, aphids, ants, and beetles, often hovering to pick them off of leaves or tree branches. They also eat some seeds and fruits, such as poison-oak and dogwood berries. females build the nests and lay large clutches of up to 12 eggs, which together can weigh as much as they do. Males have a bright red crest which is difficult to see unless they are excited.

Also see the female Ruby-crowned Kinglet (one of my first birds):