are among the smallest of birds to be found in the state, but are quite hardy,
being found the most in South Dakota in winter. Extremely tame, they will
often allow extremely close approach. During the winter months in the
state, they often are found in mixed foraging flocks which also contain
chickadees, nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers,
and Brown Creepers.
Habitat: During the summer breeding season, they are found in
dense conifer forests. They are also most commonly found in conifer
forests during winter and in migration, but can also occasionally be found in
Diet: The majority
of the diet is very small insects and spiders, including many insect and spider
eggs. They also have been known to feed on sap from sapsucker drill wells,
and occasionally on small berries.
Behavior: Very active when foraging, hopping
quickly among branches. Much of their time foraging is spent hanging
upside down from the tips of branches. They will also occasionally
hover as they pick insects from foliage.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout
much of Canada's conifer forests, along the Pacific Coast of the U.S., conifer
forests of the western U.S., and in the northeastern U.S. and northern
Appalachians. Winters throughout much of the United States and northern
Mexico, with some populations along the Pacific Coast of Canada and the U.S.
being permanent residents.
Conservation Status: Numbers appear to be stable,
although there are year-to-year variations, with declines noted after
especially harsh winters. They have also begun to expand their
breeding range in some locations, particularly in the Northeast U.S.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Golden-crowned Kinglet"
Photo Information: October 15th, 2005 -- Atkins Slough in Lincoln County -- Terry Sohl
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