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Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Scientific Name:

Regulus calendula




Variety of habitats including forests and riparian areas


North America


Least Concern (IUCN Red List)

This species is


to the Truckee Meadows.


Ruby-crowned kinglets are very small birds, even smaller than chickadees. They have olive greenish-gray feathers and the male will have a small patch of ruby-colored feathers at the top of his head that may be difficult to see. Ruby-crowned kinglets will also have a white stripe of feathers on their wings. During the winter months, when they are living in lower thickets, they are easier to spot as they move quickly and are observed to constantly flick their wings.

Fast Facts:

  • Females build nests that may include construction with spider webs, feathers, and animal hair. Their nests have elasticity to accommodate for the growth of the hatchlings.

  • Nests have been known to be as high as 100 feet in very tall trees.

  • Ruby-crowned kinglets live in a variety of habitats that may vary seasonally. The average height of their nests is forty feet above the ground, usually in a conifer type of tree. However, these birds are also found in lower thickets, including around water. Ruby-crowned kinglets will eat spiders, insects, and berries from their varied environments.

  • These birds are known to breed in the Truckee Meadows, and may winter here also.

  • Ruby-crowned kinglets have been spotted in parks and along the Truckee River in the northwestern parts of Reno (including Caughlin Ranch), and in the North Valleys around Swan Lake.



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Last Updated:

March 27, 2024 at 1:48:22 AM

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