The smallest resident songbird in the UK, Goldcrests join up with flocks of tits and other woodland species during winter. In the autumn, many migrant birds also arrive. During this period, large numbers can be found in coastal bushes on the east and south coast.
Adult: A tiny, round bird with a short tail and a plain face, with large, dark eyes and fine mostachio streaks. Its crown has a distinctive golden-orange blaze, bordered by black. Its back is olive-green, whilst its wings are black with a broad white margin and a clear single or double wing bar. Its underparts are buff-white.
Juvenile: As the adult, but with a plain crown.
Bill: Black, short and thin.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Almost anywhere where there are trees and bushes, especially conifers. Also abundant in suburban parks and large gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, takes off/lands on vegetation.
Flight: Undulating flittering and hovering.
Voice: High-pitched, repeated zi-zi-zi sound, with a similar song which ends in a flourish.
Nest: High in trees.
Eggs: 7—10. White with brown speckles.
Incubation period: 14—17 days.
Fledgeling: 16—21 days.
Broods: 2. April—May.
Food: Insects, spiders and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 2,100,000.
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