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Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa
Kinglet family (Regulidae)

A very small bird. Black cap with golden crown, white eyebrow, greenish-gray back, gray belly, two white wing bars.

Deciduous forest


Call is a very high-pitched series of notes, all on one pitch “tsee tsee tsee”.  Notes are similar to the Brown Creeper, but the Golden-crowned Kinglet’s call has 3 notes whereas the Brown Creeper’s call has only one note.

Name Origin:

The genus name Regulus is from the Latin for "little king."  The species name satrapa is from the Greek for “a ruler who wears a golden crown.”

In the Nature Park:
Winter resident. Migrates north to Alaska and Canada in April, returns in October.