Male goldcrest, with crest showing, perched in a pine tree


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

Rank: Species

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The Goldcrest can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Himalayas, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Perching birds
  6. Regulidae
  7. Regulus
  8. Goldcrest

BBC News about Goldcrest

  • British birds are bouncing back A national survey by the RSPB records a rise in the populations of small birds, including long-tailed tits, goldcrests and coal tits.

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