Scientific name: Regulus regulus
Size: Approx 8 to 9cm. Average weight around 5g.
Distribution: Found throughout the UK
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Parks, gardens and coniferous woodlands
Life span: 2 to 4 years
Special features: Goldcrests can normally be reognised by their tiny size. They are greyish-green in colour with an off white belly. The female has a line of golden yellow feathers on top of her head which is bordered on either side by a black stripe. The male is similar, but has an orange tinge to the yellow head stripe.
Goldcrests, along with Firecrests are the smallest birds in Europe. They can frequently be seen in conifers at tree top level, flitting from branch to branch, constantly flicking their tiny wings as they search for small invertebrates.
The U.K. population swells each autumn with the arrival of extra goldcrests from Scandinavia.