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- n. A very small passerine bird, Regulus regulus, that breeds in Eurasia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The European golden-crested kinglet (Regulus cristatus, or Regulus regulus); -- called also golden-crested wren, and golden wren. The name is also sometimes applied to the American golden-crested kinglet. See kinglet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A golden-crested bird of the genus Regulus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European kinglet with a black-bordered yellow crown patch
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"The goldcrest is a 'boom and bust' species - after cold winters only a quarter of the autumn population may be left to breed, but numbers can rally with pairs sometimes rearing more than 15 chicks in the following spring and summer," said Dr Harrison.
If you have never heard the lilting song of the linnet, spotted the distinctive plumage of a goldcrest, or waited for the whirring wings of a grey partridge, it is increasingly unlikely that you ever will.
Waterbirds such as the kingfisher suffered very high mortality rates when rivers and streams froze over, while small insect-eating species such as the treecreeper, goldcrest, wren and long-tailed tit died because of widespread "glazed frosts", a layer of ice over the branches of trees which covered up their food supply.
•Our smallest bird, the goldcrest can be distinctly heard giving its very thin song at 0:12 and again at 1:02.
Others contributing to the soundtrack include the goldcrest, blackbird, thrush, chiffchaff, wren, mallard, coot and even the garden bully, the wood pigeon.
A goldcrest like a northern European hummingbird fluttered at a leaf edge, having made it this far on tiny wings and without a woodcock to ride on.
The fuse-wire-thin goldcrest calls, a single curtailed pink of a chaffinch, and my breath.
However, it is the smallest-bodied birds that suffer the most, and in our gardens that means, in particular, the coal tit, long-tailed tit, wren and goldcrest.
However small birds such as the goldcrest, wren and even the more common blue tit may be spotted less as many will have suffered in the coldest December on record, although the few that are left are likely to be found in gardens.
The goldcrest saw numbers plummet by three quarters.
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