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More often than not, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet is neither ruby nor regal. A tiny songbird washed in pale olive-green, the male reveals a touch of crimson atop of his head — hardly a ruby crown. However don’t forsake the kinglet for flashier birds. When courting a feminine or dueling with one other male, the kinglet exposes these ruby feathers, and his crown glows with the feathery fireworks that give the fowl its identify. Now’s the time to search for kinglets, as they migrate north throughout a lot of the continent towards breeding websites in distant evergreen woods.

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Kinglet Fireworks

Written by Bryan Pfeiffer

That is BirdNote.
More often than not, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet is a fraud with feathers — neither ruby nor regal. Only a tiny songbird washed in pale olive-green, with a wingbar and messy eye-ring. Certain, the male reveals a touch of crimson atop of his head — however hardly a ruby crown to justify his identify. However in case you forsake the kinglet for flashier birds, you’ll miss one among nature’s nice occasions.
It begins … with a tune.
[Ruby-crowned Kinglet MLS# 49741, 0:06 – 0:11]
That mile of music comes from a fowl 4 inches lengthy and weighing a couple of quarter of an oz..
[Ruby-crowned Kinglet MLS# 206445, 0:20 – 0:25]
However the present is just starting. When courting a feminine — and infrequently when dueling with one other male — the kinglet unleashes the true hearth in his crown. He begins to reveal these ruby feathers, and his crown glows like an ember. Then, immediately, the crown ignites — in the end, the feathery fireworks that give the Ruby-crowned Kinglet his identify.
[Ruby-crowned call notes MLS# 94354, 0:38 – 0:46; MLS# 50109, 0:04 – 0:11]
After which, in one other instantaneous, the present is over, and the crown recedes — no less than till his subsequent efficiency.
[Ruby-crowned call notes MLS# 94354, 0:38 – 0:46; MLS# 50109, 0:04 – 0:11]
    Now’s the time to look out for these fireworks, as kinglets migrate north throughout a lot of the continent towards breeding websites in distant evergreen woods. See the show at birdnote.org.
I’m Michael Stein.

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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 49741 recorded by Kevin J. Colver, 206445 recorded by Bob McGuire, and 94354 recorded by Wilbur L. Hershberger.

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© 2017 Tune In to Nature.org   April 2017/2019/2022   Narrator: Michael Stein

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