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Bird name:

Firecrest

Regulus ignicapilla

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Old World Warblers (Sylviidae)

BTO 2

FC

BTO 5

FIREC

Euring 5

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Firecrest is a common resident of southern England. It has a "Green" status because it has a fairly large, stable population.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Firecrest: Very small and active. Olive-grey above with green-yellow edging in wings and tail, and buff-white below. Head has red-yellow crown stripe with black border, broad white eyebrow, black line through eye, white crescent below eye, and short, black malar stripe. Two white wing bars.


Range and Habitat

Firecrest: Winter and migrant visitor recently established as a resident breeder. Can be seen year round in the southeastern most area of England. Winter grounds include the entire south of England. Some birds also seen on passage throughout England. Rare breeder in Wales. Scarce visitor to Scotland and Ireland. Found in coniferous and mixed forest areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Firecrest 2

  • Title: Firecrest 2
  • Description: Song of repeated notes ends with a trill.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Firecrest 3

  • Title: Firecrest 3
  • Description: "Zit-zit-zit" call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Firecrest 4

  • Title: Firecrest 4
  • Description: Typical call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Goldcrest 3

  • Title: Goldcrest 3
  • Description: Song is a "tweedly-tweedledeedee."
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"zi-zi-zi-zi zi-zi-zi-zizizit", "ze-ze-zeep", "zeep"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Firecrest is possibly the species referred to in Greek legend and European folklore as the "king of the birds."
  • In winter it is often found with tit flocks.
  • This tiny, restless bird vies with the goldcrest for the title of the UK's smallest bird, and is the second smallest European bird.
  • A group of kinglets has many collective nouns, including a "castle", "court", "princedom", and "throne room" of kinglets.

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RANGE MAP

Range Map for Firecrest

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Malar stripeX
Also called whisker, mustache or malar streak, it is the area below the eye and bill on the sides of the chin that stretches downwards.
UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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