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Goldcrest Absolutely over the moon to finally spot a Goldcrest, Britain's smallest bird, right outside my gate! I think it is a male. Geotagged,Goldcrest,Isle of Wight,Regulus regulus,United Kingdom,birds Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Goldcrest

Absolutely over the moon to finally spot a Goldcrest, Britain's smallest bird, right outside my gate! I think it is a male.

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  1. Oooh, lovely! Posted one month ago
  2. Beautiful Claire. Posted one month ago
  3. Looks like spotted you, what a moment of delight. Posted one month ago
  4. Thank you, it was quite a thrill! Posted one month ago
  5. Fantastic! Posted one month ago

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The Goldcrest is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family. Its colourful golden crest feathers gives rise to its English and scientific names, and possibly to it being called the "king of the birds" in European folklore. Several subspecies are recognised across the very large distribution range that includes much of Eurasia and the islands of Macaronesia. Birds from the north and east of its breeding range migrate to winter further south.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Apr 2, 2020. Captured in 35 Perowne Way, Sandown PO36 9BX, UK.