Thursday, September 5, 2019

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Recently fledged Golden-crowned Kinglets, like the first bird banded on 10 June 2019, presented me with an identification challenge. I had never seen this species with no color in its crown. It took me several days to come up with a name for this bird. The Sibley guide, however, does illustrate this plumage. The second photo was taken on 4 September 2019. This bird is molting from its fledgling plumage into its first basic (winter) garb. I have never banded birds in Golden-crowned Kinglet breeding territory, thus even this older bird is like nothing I have seen before—even though identification in this case was no problem. The few orange feathers appearing in its crown indicate this kinbglet is a male.

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