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Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus L 9-10cm. Only marginally larger than Goldcrest. Sexes are dissimilar. Adult has yellow-green upperparts with 2 pale wingbars. Underparts are buffish white but flushed golden-yellow on sides of neck. Has dark eyestripe, broad white supercilium and black-bordered crown stripe (orange in male, yellow in female). Juvenile is similar but crown stripe is absent. Voice Utters a thin tsuu-tsee-tsee call. Song is a series of thin, high-pitched notes. Status Rare breeding bird, in summer months often found in mixed woodland with mature conifers and understorey of Holly. Migrants and wintering birds are found mainly in coastal woodland.
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Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus L 9-10cm. Only marginally larger than Goldcrest. Sexes are dissimilar. Adult has yellow-green upperparts with 2 pale wingbars. Underparts are buffish white but flushed golden-yellow on sides of neck. Has dark eyestripe, broad white supercilium and black-bordered crown stripe (orange in male, yellow in female). Juvenile is similar but crown stripe is absent. Voice Utters a thin tsuu-tsee-tsee call. Song is a series of thin, high-pitched notes. Status Rare breeding bird, in summer months often found in mixed woodland with mature conifers and understorey of Holly. Migrants and wintering birds are found mainly in coastal woodland.

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Date: 4 May 2014
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/Nature Photographers Ltd
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