Goldcrest - Regulus regulus

    Description

    The Goldcrest is Europe's smallest bird, weighing just 5 grams. It is dull green above and buff white below with a distinctive head crown. The crown has black sides and and a bright central crest, orange in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It is a widespread species, closely associated with coniferous forest. Also found in broadleaved woodland and parks but usually where there are coniferous trees nearby.

    When to see it

    All year round.

    Life History

    Despite being the smallest warbler, it stays in the UK through the winter, searching out tiny insects and spiders amongst pine cones and the needle leaves of conifers. In winter it will join with flocks of tits and other woodland species. Nesting commences in late April and the nest is an intricate hammock-like structure.

    UK Status

    In the UK it occurs widely save for in treeless areas such as in the Fens and in northern Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland, though most records are from the western half of the region

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map