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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Goldcrest

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Goldcrest
View a large photograph of this Female Goldcrest
in flight in habitat 100Kb


Regulus regulus

Gaelic: Crionag Ghiuthais

Photography © Frank Stark
Leurbost - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
October 5th, 2008

"A wee Goldcrest with a wee Green caterpillar".


Our Goldcrest photographs



  • Goldcrest
  • Regulus regulus
  • Gaelic: Crionag Ghiuthais
  • UK: AMBER LIST. Summer 842,000 territories. WInter 3-5 million birds RSPB
  • UK: Resident Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
  • WI: Uncommon Migrant Breeder (10-99 breeding pairs), and uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)
  • Breeding: Lays 4-12 eggs in an open nest . Prefers coniferous woodland (spruces or firs). Resident in most of temperate Europe & Asia.
  • WIntering: Mostly resident but northernmost birds winter south of the breeding range. Large numbers of migrating Goldcrests arrive in the UK in autumn, prefering bushes & shrubs in coastal areas. Often found with tit flocks in winter
  • Habitat: Forest, woodland
  • Diet: Feeds mostly in high in the canopy. Always moving seeking insects (typically caterpillars), spiders
  • Tiny! Our smallest bird (8.5 - 9.5cm). Rounded appearance. Pale greenish above. Buff-white below. Two white wingbars. Plain face with a large black eye. Crown bordered by black sides. Central crest which is displayed during breeding is an orange stripe in the male & yellow in female. Juvenile has plainer, pale crown. Approachable
  • Listen to a Goldcrest (RSPB site)
  • Typical lifespan 2yrs. Max recorded lifespan 4yrs 10mths
  • Similar birds: Firecrest, (rare - has prominent white 'eyebrow' (supercilium), Wren


Goldcrest records in the Western Isles

Uncommon Migrant Breeder (10-99 breeding pairs), and uncommon passage visitor (low numbers)

On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the Goldcrest is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.

























(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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