Some of the most lively and cheerful of our winter birds are the kinglets. These tiny birds are both fascinating to watch and fun to attract to your yard. In the Pacific Northwest, we enjoy two different species of kinglets ~ the Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the Golden-crowned Kinglet.
In this edition of In Scope, we'll be concentrating on the Golden-crowned Kinglet ~ the one we see most often in our neighborhood. Let's learn some interesting facts about this species.
Did you know....
Kinglets are in the same family as Old World Warblers. Gnatcatchers also belong to the very same family.
In the winter, Golden-crowned Kinglets can be observed flocking together with other small birds like Chickadees, Nuthatches, Creepers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
Golden-crowned Kinglet pairs raise two broods annually and both parents raise the young together. The male often continues to feed the first brood while the female incubates the second set of eggs.
God Thought of It First !
One of the most distinct features of the Golden-crowned Kinglet is their lovely golden crown. The Golden-crowned Kinglet's scientific name is Regulus satrapa. 'Satrapa' in Latin means "a ruler" or "one who wears a golden crown" ~ a very fitting name for this Golden-crowned little bird. It was God's idea to create this little bird with one of the most beautiful crowns I've ever seen ~ more beautiful than the crown of any king or queen. In Matthew 6: 28 - 29, Jesus was teaching His disciples the importance of trusting God for everything, including our daily needs such as food and clothes. He used the 'lilies of the field' as an example of how God takes care of His creation. Jesus said, "And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity and grace) was not arrayed like one of these." Solomon was the King of Israel back in Old Testament times. He was very wise and also very rich ~ yet the lilies of the field were clothed even more beautifully than King Solomon's finest clothes. As I always say, God thought of it first !
Feeding and Gardening for Kinglets
Kinglets are mostly insect and berry eaters, so keep this in mind when creating your kinglet friendly habitat.
At the feeder, most people recommend some types of soft foods. In my experience I have not had kinglets visiting our feeders for any kind of fare, most likely because there is so much natural food for them in our area. I would encourage you to experiment with feeder foods to see what your kinglets will enjoy. Here is a list of recommended soft foods for kinglets.
sugar water (offered in a hummingbird feeder)
Since kinglets' natural habitat includes evergreen woodlands, deciduous forests and dense thickets ~ its a good idea to include some of these types of plants when choosing plants to attract kinglets. The following list includes some kinglet-pleasing plant picks.
The beautiful blue cones of our evergreen tree....
Evergreen trees (many types of conifers)
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