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Ruby-crowned kinglet looking around from its perch on a tree branch

Did you know that female ruby-crowned kinglets can lay clutches of eggs that weigh the same as they do?

Ruby-Crowned Kinglets
a Glance

Ruby-crowned kinglet looking out as it forages from a snow-covered branch

Key Features:

Ruby-crowned kinglets are tiny olive birds with white line on their wings. Males have red crowns. Females do not have red crowns.

Least Concern - Population Increasing



nesting habits:

Ruby-crowned kinglets build globe-shaped nests in trees out of cocoon silk, feathers, fur, grass, moss, and spiderwebs.

seasons ruby-crowned kinglets are active in our area:

Spring, winter


Seeds, fruit, insects, sap, and spiders

hunting Behavior:

Ruby-crowned kinglets pick food from foliage.

Commonly Confused With:

Golden-Crowned Kinglets and Orange-Crowned Warblers

Golden-crowned kinglet looking out from its hiding spot behind the bramble of bare branches

Ruby-crowned kinglets are often confused with golden-crowned kinglets because both are tiny birds with gray and olive coloration. Ruby-crowned kinglets lack the black and white stripes on their faces that golden-crowned kinglets have. Male ruby-crowned kinglets have red on their heads. Female ruby-crowned kinglets do not have a patch on their heads.

Immature orange-crowned warbler perched on a branch

Ruby-crowned kinglets are often confused with orange-crowned warblers because both are small, olive birds with brightly colored crowns. Ruby-crowned kinglets are smaller with red crowns. Orange-crowned warblers have orange crowns.

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