Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Classification(s) : Prey
Cat Name : Chickadee
Common Name : Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Scientific Name : Corthylio calendula
Other Name(s) :
Physical Description :

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a small bird with grey/green feathers and two white wing bars. It also has a circle of white around its eyes. The males have a red crown. They have a small, thin bill. The underpart of this bird is lighter than the upperpart, and the wings have both streaks of black and a bright olive-yellow.

Physical Statistics :

Length: 3.5 – 4.3 inches (9 – 11cm)

Weight: 0.2 – 0.4oz (5 – 10g)

Wingspan: 6.3 – 7.1 inches (16 – 18cm)

Behavior :

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a migratory bird with a breeding habitat of spruce-fir forests. It builds it nest within tree branches, and mainly eats insects and spiders, but is also known to eat fruits, seeds and tree sap. They mainly forage within trees and shrubs. It has quite a loud call, with a variety of notes and trills. To draw cats away from its nest this bird often acts with a ‘broken wing’.

Social Organization :

Like many other similar species, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet participates in monogamous breeding behaviour, but can be found in flocks with other small birds.

Approval Level : None; The Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a common species.
Kill Difficulty : Low;

These birds are small and unable to fight back once in the jaws of a predator.

Training Level : General;

These birds are commonly found, making them good for beginner practice on hunting tiny birds.

Hunting Tactic : Tiny Birds
Food Quality : Low; Little meat contained within the bird. Flesh is rich but not plentiful.

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