Phil Pearce

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Firecrest

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The Firecrest

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“Regulus Ignicapillus”

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The Firecrest is an incredibly rare bird with only around 550 known pairs in the uk. They are migratory.

To distinguish from the similar goldcrest it has 

an orange/yellow stripe on the centre of its head compared to yellow on a goldcrest.It also has a semi circular black stripe which becomes an orange collar.

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You will find this tiny passerine among holly or beech.

They eat only insects.

I have a photo of a similar goldcrest in flight taking insects out of the air.They do not eat bird seeds.

They are not native to the uk.

They are approximately 9cm in length and have a wingspan of 13 to 16cm. 

They weigh in at an incredible 5 to 7g.

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