Goldcrest hovering

The general appearance of a Goldcrest is that of a dull olive-green bird with pale whitish underparts and a conspicuous gold stripe on its crown. On closer inspection, there are two whitish wing bars and a dark mark on the wings. The black-bordered crest stripe is orange in the male and yellow in the female. The dark eye is easily seen against its whitish face. The thin bill is black and the legs are brown.


Goldcrest hovering
Goldcrest is hovering to catch prey


FOOD: Goldcrests eat tiny morsels like spiders, moth eggs and other small insect food, often hovering briefly.

NESTING: The nest is suspended near the end of a conifer branch and is made by the female. The nest is made from moss, lichens and spiders' webs, and lined with feathers. They will also nest among ivy. The female Goldcrest lays and incubates 7-8 eggs that are smooth, non-glossy and white or pale buff with brownish speckles. The eggs are about 14 mm by 11 mm. Both parents feed the young after they have hatched.


Goldcrest hovering

Goldcrest hovering


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