Family Kinglets and Firecrests (Regulidae)

Least Concern

Flamecrest (Regulus goodfellowi)


French: Roitelet de Taiwan German: Taiwangoldhähnchen Spanish: Reyezuelo de Formosa

Regulus goodfellowi


, 1906,

Mount Morrison, 9000–10,000 feet [c. 2740–3050 m], central Taiwan


Was often treated as close relative of R. ignicapilla due to similarities in head pattern and plumage coloration; however, mitochondrial DNA and vocal analyses, together with zoogeographical factors, demonstrate that this species and R. regulus are sister-species#R. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

9 cm; 7 g. Most colourful species of the genus. Male has median crownstripe intensely orange, bordered by black lateral stripes which join a broad black band across forecrown... read more


Territorial song a high-pitched series of “seeh” notes at constant frequency level,... read more


Prefers coniferous forests dominated by Chinese fir (Abies kawakamii), hemlock (Tsuga... read more

Food and feeding

Poorly studied. Insectivorous, with probably similar prey spectrum to those of congeners; also, seeds of Chinese fir and juniper (... read more


No information.


Resident; makes post-breeding descent to lower altitudes.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Taiwan EBA. Common. Mountain forests inhabited by this species are in large part protected as... read more

Recommended citation

Martens, J. & Päckert, M. (2020). Flamecrest (Regulus goodfellowi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).