Goldcrest


Goldcrest

The Goldcrest is the smallest resident songbird in the UK.

In the winter it joins up with flocks of tits and other woodland species. In the autumn large numbers of migrants also arrive, and large numbers can be found in coastal bushes on the east & south coast during this period.


Identification

Adult
The Goldcrest is a tiny rotund bird with a shortish tail. Its face is plain with large dark eyes and fine moustachial streaks. Its crown has a distinctive golden - orange blaze bordered by black. Its back is olive - green, wings black with broad white margin and clear single or sometimes double wingbar.Its under part are Buffy- white in colour.
Juvenile
The young Goldcrest has a plain crown.
Size
8.5 - 9cm
Bill
Black; short & thin
Legs
Black: medium in length
Habitat
The Goldcrest can be found almost anywhere there are trees & bushes, especially conifers. They are also in abundance in suburban parks and large gardens.
Behaviour
Flits, takes off & lands on vegetation.
Flight
Undulating, flittering, hovers.
Voice
High pitched zi - zi - zi repeating, song similar but ending in a flourish.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
High in Trees
Eggs
Lays 7 - 10 eggs, white speckled brown.
Incubation Period
14 – 17 days
Broods
2; April - May
Food
Insects, spiders, seeds.
UK Breeding Pairs
Breeding pairs UK 2,100,000

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