Goldcrests vie with their cousins, firecrests, for the title of the UK's smallest songbird. Odd then, that such a tiny bird chooses to build its nest at the top of some of the tallest trees. Look out for the striking crest colour - orange in males and yellow in females - on this occasional garden visitor. These days, it's hard to imagine a conifer forest or plantation that isn't full of goldcrests, but it's not always the case. Harsh winter weather takes a heavy toll and populations can suffer some pretty drastic losses. There are reasons to be optimistic though, as levels can quickly recover in milder times.
Scientific name: Regulus regulus
The following habitats are found across the Goldcrest distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1