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FAUNA DE GALICIA/AVES: ESTRELIÑA RISCADA (REGULUS IGNICAPULLUS). LAS AVES PEQUEÑAS SE PONEN EN ÁRBOLES CON MUCHA HOJA Y EN INVIERNO EN EL MATORRAL. EN LOS ÁRBOLES DE HOJA PERENNE LOS VEN LOS DEPREDADORES Y NO SE PONEN. TAMPOCO EN ÁRBOLES ALTOS QUE NO ALETEAN TANTO PARA ASCENDER. LOS DEPREDADORES EN ÁRBOLES LO MÁS ALTOS POSIBLE, TIENEN MAYOR TAMAÑO Y VUELAN MÁS ALTO. TAMBIÉN QUE LOS PEQUEÑOS TIENEN MEJOR OÍDO Y NO SE ACERCAN AL RUÍDO, DE HECHO CANTAN MEJOR. HAY MUCHAS RAZONES POR LAS QUE MUCHA GENTE DE GALICIA JAMÁS HA VISTO A ALGUNOS DE LOS PÁJAROS AUTÓCTONOS ENTRE LAS CUALES ESTAS. The Common Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus, is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family. It breeds in most of temperate Europe and northern Africa. It is partially migratory, with northern and eastern birds wintering south of the breeding range. In winter it is often found with tit flocks.

Common Firecrest

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Common Firecrest
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Regulidae
Genus:Regulus
Species:R. ignicapillus
Binomial name
Regulus ignicapillus
(Temminck, 1820)
Regulus ignicapillus nest

The Common Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus, is a very small passerine bird in the kinglet family. It breeds in most of temperate Europe and northern Africa. It is partially migratory, with northern and eastern birds wintering south of the breeding range. In winter it is often found with tit flocks.

This is the second smallest European bird at 9 to 10cm. The Firecrest is greenish above and has whitish underparts. It has two white wingbars, a black eye stripe and a white supercilium. It has a crest, orange in the male and yellow in the female, which is displayed during breeding, and gives rise to the English name for the species. This is a restless species, constantly on the move as it searches for insects, and frequently hovering. It resembles the Goldcrest, but its bronze shoulders and strong face pattern are distinctive.

The Firecrests on Madeira, previously treated as a subspecies R. i. madeirensis, are now treated as a distinct species, the Madeira Firecrest Regulus madeirensis; it has a shorter supercilium, duller orange crest and a longer bill.

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