Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Last week I brought you a Golden-crowned Kinglet, this week I have photos of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  They are beautiful little birds, the same diminutive size as the Golden-crowned, the same frantic behavior.  Again I had several shots of them as a blur while hopping from branch to branch, but I liked this one because of the yellow spots you can see on the wing.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowns don't have a ton of field marks, if you can see that red patch on the head it is a dead giveaway, but if not they might be a little more difficult to identify.  Their size is your best clue, along with the eye-ring, though don't confuse them with Blue-gray Gnatcatchers which also exhibit both those characteristics.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets are dull olive-green and have wingbars, while gnatcatchers are blueish-gray (duh!) and have no wingbars.  The yellow on the wing of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet further separates it from the Bue-gray Gnatcatcher.  

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

These were the best shots I have of the crown.  You can't miss that!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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7 comments:

Pat said...

Great shots of a beautiful little bird!

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see.Lovely images.

holdingmoments said...

Lovely bird. The red crown feathers really stand out.

Springman said...

Great job catching the fine details of this challenging subject. The blues and greens in your backgrounds looks terrific. I'm sure these little birds keep your head spinning! ;-)WBW

Mike B. said...

Nice shots! These little ones don't like to sit still. They look just like Hutton's Vireos- amazingly similar.

Frank said...

Cracking little bird ... always on the move .. just like our Goldcrests.

Larry said...

Excellent shots of one of my favorite birds Ryan! Those little buggers are tough to photograph considering that they never sit still. The red crown feathers are only worn by the male of the species so that makes them twice as hard to see. The Ruby-crowned Kinglets also are even more similar to the Hutton's Vireo, with very few differences that I tried to describe in a post in the winter of 2009.

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