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Birding Málaga


Common name Common firecrest
Scientific name Regulus ignicapilla
Type Forest birds
Status Resident

Very small bird (about 9 cm or 3.5 in) with dorsal yellow-green plumage, orange breast and light belly. It features a light double band on a darker background on the wings. In the head it has a design of orange (or yellow in the female) lists, black eye band and a typical white eyebrow that make it unmistakable.


Woodland environment

Where it lives

Woodland species abundant in humid masses of medium mountain. Although the Common Firecrest also appears in deciduous forests, it prefers coniferous masses, usually occupying the tall branches and tree tops.

How it lives

It is a resident bird all year round in Malaga. The province also hosts wintering individuals. It breeds from April. Nest in trees. One or two annual layings of 7 to 12 eggs. This bird is usually observed in constant movement, without stopping jumping from one branch to another. It is an insectivorous species specialized in capturing very small insects such as springtails and aphids.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It is widely distributed in the province. Easier to watch in the forest stands of the western sector. It can be observed, for example, in stages 5, 10, 11, 12, 22, 25, 26 and 28.

Curious facts

It is the smallest species of bird existing in the province. Its Latin name refers to this bird as a "little king with fire in the head". The story of the name of the Firecrest is reflected in one of the fables of the classical Greek writer Aesop.

Similar birds
Wintering Summer Resident Migration