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common name for members of a subfamily of five species of Old and New World warblers, similar to the thrushes and the Old World flycatchers. Kinglets are small birds (4 in./10 cm) with soft, fluffy, olive or grayish green plumage and bright crown patches. Their distribution is circumpolar in the conifer belt. The two American species, the ruby-crowned and golden-crowned kinglets, breed in Canada and winter in Mexico. Similar are the Old World goldcrest and the European firecrest. They are active, insectivorous birds, traveling in loose bands together with nuthatches, woodpeckers, creepers, and titmice. Their hanging nests are purse-shaped. In the same order as the kinglets are the gnatwrens of Central and South America and the gnatcatchers, both of the family Polioptilidae, found from the N United States to Argentina. These dainty, slender birds are colored in soft grays and have thin, pointed bills; they feed on small insects. The blue-gray gnatcatcher of the United States and Mexico is typical of the group. Kinglets are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Sylviidae.
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Small and powerless like a little kinglet, they have to flee tyranny, but in the end they "outfly" their persecutors.
Finally, the discussion turns to the English sentence, which was in fact the first sentence the informants had to translate: If this little kinglet of corporate shit thinks he can get away with this, he's greatly mistaken.
Kinglet 4c Kingmambo - Karen's Caper Our UAE 2,000 Guineas winner last year is back for more having missed the season in Europe.
However, Kinglet then disappointed when only third at Salisbury on his next outing and then he filled the same position again at Sandown last time.
3), while the Hepatic Tanager, the Western Pewee, the Solitary Vireo and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet favoured mixed and/or oak woodlands in the four seasons (Fig.
Early the next morning, Shankar saw a small ruby-crowned kinglet fluttering against a window only a foot above the ground at 53 State Street.
These birds included 1 vulture, 10 raptors, 1 quail, 6 doves, 1 cuckoo, 3 owls, 1 swift, 2 hummingbirds, 5 woodpeckers, 7 flycatchers, 1 shrike, 2 vireos, 1 jay, 2 crows, 6 swallows, 1 chickadee, 1 titmouse, 5 wrens, 1 kinglet, 1 gnatcatcher, 3 thrushes, 3 mimic thrushes, 1 starling, 1 pipit, 1 waxwing, 11 warblers, 1 tanager, 13 sparrows, 1 cardinal, 1 grosbeak, 2 buntings, 1 dickcissel, 2 blackbirds, 1 meadowlark, 2 grackles, 1 cowbird, 1 oriole, 1 goldfinch, 1 finch, and 1 weaver finch.
Excitedly he sees his first kinglet in Iowa and admires trees in Florida, "where the dead things bloom.
The kinglet speaks by flashing into view a ruby feather on his head.
Species included belted kingfisher (Ceryle alcyon), hairy woodpecker, golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa), brown creeper (Certhia americana), and solitary vireo.
To evaluate potential differences in fitness relative to phenological period, we estimated mass change in 13 species of landbird migrants [Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula), Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Veery (Catharus fuscescens), Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina), Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora pinus), Nashville Warbler (Vermivara mficapilla), Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia), Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica), Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus), Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas), and White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) ].
For bird watchers of all levels of expertise, there's a lot to see and hear right from the start - Siporin hears a ruby-crowned kinglet, and a Steller's jay calls out and then flies through the tree canopy above all of us.