Regulus regulus

RSPB Conservation Status – Green

Last seen – 8-2-23

The Goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird species and is known for its vibrant colors and energetic behavior.

It has a striking green and yellow plumage, with a distinctive black stripe on its head and an orange crown.

The male and female Goldcrest are similar in appearance.

Goldcrests are non-migratory birds that can be found in the UK throughout the year.


Population – 790,000 breeding territories

Length – 8.5 cm

Wingspan – 14 cm

Weight – 5 – 7 g


Goldcrests breed in the UK between April and July, with females laying between 5-12 eggs.

The nests are built in coniferous trees, and both parents incubate the eggs for around two weeks.

The chicks fledge after around 18 days.


Goldcrests are typically found in coniferous forests and woodland areas, where they can find a range of food sources and cover from predators.

They are also known to inhabit parks and gardens, especially those with dense vegetation and trees.



Goldcrests are insectivorous birds that feed on a variety of small invertebrates, such as spiders, aphids, and small caterpillars.

They forage for food in trees and bushes, often hovering in mid-air to catch insects on the wing.

If you have seen a Goldcrest, please let us know via our survey page.