Scientific name: Regulus regulus
Nature Stars: 50
About: A tiny little bird, about 9cm long. Goldcrests are birds of conifer woodland as well as scrub, parks and gardens. As well as our own resident birds, large numbers arrive on the east coast during autumn migration, often found in bushes on sand dunes. In winter, it will join other tits and woodland birds in flocks.
How to identify: A tiny little bird! The similar firecrest is a much rarer bird, with a black eyestripe, broad white eyebrow stripe and an orangey green patch at the side of the neck.
Where: A tiny, widespread little bird!
Fantastic fact: The goldcrest is Europe's smallest bird but can lay up to 12 eggs in a clutch, which is about one and a half times the adult female's bodyweight.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc