Thursday, July 24, 2014 · 10:40 a.m.

Riverwalk Bird of the Week: Golden-crowned kinglet

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A tiny, continuously active bird, the golden-crowned kinglet is most frequently found in coniferous woods. (Photo: Tim Jeffers)

The folks in the Riverwalk Bird Club don't just watch birds. The group includes some excellent photographers.

Nooga.com Outdoors is happy to share their great photos by featuring a Bird of the Week.

This week, we feature a golden-crowned kinglet by Tim Jeffers, taken at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge in Meigs County.

A tiny, continuously active bird, the golden-crowned kinglet is most frequently found in coniferous woods. Despite being barely larger than a hummingbird, the kinglet winters northward to Canada and Alaska.

Interesting facts
—Formerly breeding almost exclusively in the remote, boreal spruce fir forests of North America, the diminutive golden-crowned kinglet has been expanding its breeding range southward into spruce plantings in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

—The golden-crowned kinglet usually raises two large broods of young, despite the short nesting season of the northern boreal forest.

—The female golden-crowned kinglet feeds her large brood only on the first day after they leave the nest. She then starts laying the second set of eggs while the male takes care of the first brood. Despite having eight or nine young to feed, the male manages to feed them, himself and occasionally the incubating female.

—Each of the golden-crowned kinglet's nostrils is covered by a single, tiny feather.

This information is courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

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