Ruby Crowned Kinglets

These are Ruby Crowned Kinglets. They must both be females because I can't see any ruby-colored top knot on them, but it isn't always visible if they have it laying down. They're little tiny guys - not even half the size of a sparrow. Other than a hummingbird, they're the smallest native bird we have. They were feeding at the bird feeder outside my window. Their song is improbably loud and musical for so small a bird. Observers who hear one before seeing it often assume it is a much larger species. The song is long and consists of whistles, short clear notes, and a rapid warbling series of mixed notes.

Return to Perching Birds