[Tweeters] Red-Crowned Kinglet

Timothy Barksdale timothy.barksdale at gmail.com
Sun Oct 6 12:44:07 PDT 2019

H Gene and tweets,

Several years ago I filmed a male Golden-crowned Kinglet (GCKI) with a larger than normal reddish crown patch, similar to what you describe. Upon further examination of the footage- These central crown feathers were not that much darker or redder than the most central feathers of a “normal” GCKI.

But the color did extend to what was a “larger” than normal area of the crown. We were able to see reduced dark edging and no yellowish. I looked at several specimens and some amount of variation can be found in collections. I did not look over a large enough series to find what I had filmed nor what you have described.


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Date: Sun, 6 Oct 2019 09:43:19 -0700
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Subject: [Tweeters] Red capped golden kinglet
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Just saw a most interesting bird taking a bath in our pond. When I first spotted him I couldn?t get a good look so grabbed my binoculars for a better look. I thought for sure it was a very small downy woodpecker because of the bright red crown and the black and white stripes along the sides of the head then he flew away into the surrounding shrubs where there where several other very small birds. Those were obviously GC kinglets. I finally got another good view of the ?red crowned? guy. It was definitely a GC kinglet except foe the bright red! crown instead of the typical yellow and orange stripe. Anyone else ever see this variation?

Trying to get a photo but not successful yet. In a group of 5 or 6 so probably migrating through.

This is in Frederickson between Spanaway and South Hill.

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