By Mark Hancox
With the Firecrest, the Goldcrest is the UK’s smallest bird. They’re dull greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on their heads, which has an orange centre in males. Their thin beak is ideally suited for picking insects out from between pine needles.
Goldcrests can be seen at any time of the year with pine forests being the best places to see them. They also range around in flocks of other small birds during autumn and winter. They’re widespread and common across the whole of the UK; in autumn, large numbers arrive on the east coast from Scandinavia and make their way across dunes to more suitable habitat.
Conservation Status: Green.