A Cold Firecrest. Image courtesy of Jacob Arnold CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseRegulus ignicapilla Arundel.jpg


For this species the text is taken from the book " A handbook to the Birds of Great Britain", by Richard Bowdler  Sharpe, printed in London between 1894-1897. The description habitat and lifestyle  are still relevant today. This historical look at the perception of the bird at that time is for an added interest of this species. The text is taken from the book courtesy of the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The Book is now in the Public domain. The images are my personal choice {see reuse of images below}.

Mr Sharpe's description.

Adult male. Bright yellowish-green above the wings and tail as in the Goldcrest , The wing -bars being very distinct. The crown is golden orange, with a buff forehead and a broad band of black along each side of the crown; feathers through the eye blackish, with a conspicuous streak of white between it and the black---

latter number. They are distinguished from that of the Goldcrest by their reddish tinge,which almost amounts to pale chocolate. Most clutches show a faint ring around the large end of the egg,where the reddish dots are clustered together, but in many specimens the whole of the egg is dotted with dots

Drawing of a Goldcrest nest , the Firecrest is a similar structure.

Public domain.

Eggs of the Firecrest

Image courtesy of Didier Descouens CC BY-SA 4.0 license.

Firecrest status -UK.

The Firecrest is on the Green list of conservation concern {no current concerns}

550 breeding territories in the UK.

Length 9 cm

Wingspan 13-16 cm 

Weight. 5-7g 



Coniferous woodland is a favoured haunt of this species.

Image courtesy of Noel Feans. CC BY-SA 2.0 license Originally posted to Flickr.

UK Conservation status 2021

UK- Green List No current concerns.

Europe- Species of least concern.

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