Common firecrest

The common firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) is a small bird in the kinglet family. Since it is 9 cm long, it is considered one of the smallest passerines in Abruzzo. It is a very pretty and colourful insectivore, with little difference between the sexes. The male is slightly bigger and has a rising and more vibrant crest than the female.

The common firecrest nests especially in conifer woodlands, where it builds hanging nests. It cannot be included in the endangered species due to its fecundity (15-25 eggs/year), but habitat loss can threaten this species. In nature, the Eurasian sparrowhawk is its major predator.

We thank the blog Noi Cerrano for these beautiful pictures of the firecrest taken in the coastal pine grove of Pineto.

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