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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 06, 2021

17 Amaze-wing Facts About The Kinglet Bird For Kids!

Read interesting kinglet bird facts for kids including food habits, wintering or range and compare with similar species.

The kinglet bird belongs to the order Passeriformes, family Regulidae and genus Regulus. Several subspecies such as golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula), Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), and many more are part of the kinglet species.

Crowned kinglets are very small. The average weight of the species is 0.21–0.28 oz (6-8 g) while they are 3-4.5 in (8-11 cm) longs. Unlike many species, both male and female kinglet birds are of the same size. The birds have gray-green plumage, medium-sized feathers with a small beak. The male bird possesses a bright-colored crown while the crown in the female is generally duller. The white bar on the wing of the bird can also be observed.

The prominent subspecies of crowned kinglets, golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) are some of the major birds of North America and are found in countries like Canada and the United States. Other species are also found in different parts of Europe and Asia. The birds migrate during the winter season and their habitat.

The food habits for these songbirds is mainly insectivorous, and they prey on aphids, springtails or bark beetles. Female kinglet birds lay around 7-12 eggs at a time. Their nest is made on hanging twigs of tree branches. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the species in the Least Concern category.

Keep on reading to learn more interesting facts about the Kinglet birds. If you want to know more exciting information about different animals, check out the Eurasian tree sparrow and California condor.

Kinglet Bird Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a kinglet bird?

The kinglet bird is a passerine or a songbird found almost throughout the world. The prominent subspecies of the bird are the golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) and ruby-crowned kinglets (Regulus calendula).

What class of animal does a kinglet bird belong to?

Crowned kinglets belong to the class of Aves, the Regulidae family, order Passeriformes, and the Regulus genus.

How many kinglet bird are there in the world?

The exact population of crowned kinglets is not known as of now, but the sub-species in this family, such as the ruby-crowned kinglets, golden-crowned kinglet birds, goldcrest, common firecrest, are spread throughout the world.

Where does a kinglet bird live?

The ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-crowned kinglets are the birds of North America, but the goldcrest and common firecrest kinglets are found in Europe and Asia as well. The species as a whole is not endemic and can easily be found in several states of the United States such as Alaska, New York, and many more.  

What is a kinglet bird's habitat?

The birds primarily live in the coniferous forests and deciduous forests, but North American birds such as the ruby-crowned kinglet and golden-crowned kinglet change the habitat by migration during the winter season.

Who do kinglet bird live with?

The birds either prefer to live alone or in groups. Research suggests that the ruby-crowned kinglet and the golden-crowned kinglet birds join large flocks or groups with other native birds such as mountain chickadees, pine warblers, downy woodpeckers.

How long does a kinglet bird live?

The average lifespan of the species 4-6 years. The ruby-crowned kinglets are believed to live more than five years in wildlife. Also, the longest recorded lifespan of golden-crowned kinglets is more than six years.

How do they reproduce?

These songbirds follow the process of monogamy, which means these birds mate with only one partner at a time. The breeding season varies as these birds varies. The breeding season of North American birds such as ruby-crowned kinglets and golden kinglets starts from July and May, respectively. Unlike most birds, the selection of the partner is based on crown coloration, and generally, the bird with a bright crown patch is selected. Male birds sing typically for their partner while the females flutter their wings in response. The males become more defensive for the females during the breeding season. Also, the breeding takes place in spruce, fir forests.

The size of their nests is quite small and spherical in shape and is placed on hanging twigs of the branches of trees. The incubation period generally lasts for around two weeks. The female lays around 7-12 eggs. The male birds are involved in nesting and feeding the chick, unlike other birds. Also, the chicks generally leave the nest about 2-3 weeks after hatching.

What is their conservation status?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed all the species in the Least Concern category. Also, the birds are protected under the United States Migratory Bird Act.

Kinglet Bird Fun Facts

What do kinglet bird look like?

The birds are quite small in size and these cute little kinglets would easily fit into your hands. These birds generally have olive-green plumage and a colorful crown patch.

Check out this rare kinglet bird guide that will make you love them, including food habits, wintering and range.

How cute are they?

These birds are one of the cutest birds found throughout the world. During the summer season, the male birds sing for their partner while the females flutter their wings in response which is even more beautiful to watch.

How do they communicate?

As the name suggests, all the members of the kinglet family primarily use songs and calls to communicate with each other. The birds use sounds such as 'ti ti', 'tsee tsee', and many more while communicating. The male bird defends vocalizes to protect the territory, family and avoid predation.

How big is a kinglet bird?

The average weight of a kinglet bird is 3-4.5 in (8-11 cm). The ruby-crowned kinglets found in wildlife are also around 3.5-4.5 in (9-11 cm) long. While the golden-crowned birds are quite small, and their average length is 2.9-4.3 in (7.5-11 cm). Some of these birds are twice the size of Calliope Hummingbird.

How fast can a kinglet bird fly?

The exact speed of these birds is not known as of now but male kinglets are quite aggressive while protecting the branches. Also, all the species become quite active while preying on insects and move quickly through the foliage. The birds are also known as the 'acrobatic birds.'

How much does a kinglet bird weigh?

The average weight of the kinglet birds is 0.21–0.28 oz (6-8 g).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names given to the male and female species of the kinglets. People generally differentiate the birds by looking at their crowns.

What would you call a baby kinglet bird?

No particular name is used to describe a baby kinglet. People generally use chick or young bird to refer to the babies.

What do they eat?

The kinglet birds are insectivores and primarily prey on insects such as bark battles aphids, springtails.

Are they dangerous?

Unlike other species of North America, Europe, and Asia, kinglets are quite small in size, also we don't have much information regarding their interaction with humans. But, adult male birds are quite aggressive and can be harmful to other birds. Also, these birds have a sharp beak and could attack humans as well if someone tries to provoke or come closer to the nest.

Would they make a good pet?

Everyone would love to have these fascinating songbirds as their pets but no information related to their social behavior is available with us. Also, the kinglets can attack humans, especially kids if they feel threatened. It is suggested that these cute little kinglets should be left in their natural habitats themselves as homemade habitats would make them more aggressive. If you are living in the United States and Canada, then you might find one on your roof, in your garden, or in any public place.

Did you know...

The eating habits of the species are considered very important for the protection of nature as the birds prey on insects such as spruce budworms. The spruce budworms deteriorate nature and also cause foliage loss.

What is the meaning of kinglet?

People started referring to these birds as kinglets primarily for their beautiful crowns. The most beautiful characteristic of these birds is their bright and colorful crowns that resemble kings. Also, the term Regulidae has been derived from the Latin word 'regulus' that means 'a small king.'

Are kinglet bird migratory?

Yes, all the species of the kinglet group migrate. Some are short-distance migrants, while some travel throughout the different continents. For example, the golden-crowned kinglet bird changes its habitat and migrates to the United States from Canada. This migration generally takes place in the winter season.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our harpy eagle facts or cassowary facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable Kinglet bird coloring pages.

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