Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Golden-crowned Kinglet

I banded this immature, female Golden-crowned Kinglet on Monday. I did not expect the two dark stripes this bird's cheeks. I have never seen any markings like those before, and similar marks do not appear in any of my field guides. Googling photos of this species brings up a few vaguely similar individuals, like this one from the Natchaug Ornithological Society. Perhaps this pattern is within natural variation within the species. At first I wondered if this bird could be a European Goldcrest; but that species has an even plainer face than our kinglet.

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