Regulus satrapa

Photograph by Dave Rintoul.

Photography contest: “Animal” category.

Regulus satrapa – golden-crowned kinglet, male, captured at a winter bird-banding site near Ft. Smith, Arkansas. These tiny (6 g) birds have been in North America for eons; fossil remains of kinglets, dated to 400 Ma ka ago, have been found in tar pit deposits in California.