Family Kinglets and Firecrests (Regulidae)

Least Concern

Flamecrest (Regulus goodfellowi)


Taxonomy

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

Regulus goodfellowi

Ogilvie-Grant

, 1906,

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

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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.

Distribution:

Taiwan.

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

No information.

Movements

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/58061 on 16 January 2019).