Alert Status: Green 53% increase
Identifying Features: Along with the firecrest, the goldcrest is the UK's smallest bird. Dull greyish-green with a pale belly and a black and yellow stripe on their heads, which has an orange centre in males.
Average Length: 8-9 cm
Average Lifespan: 2 years
Average Wingspan: 14-15 cm
Beak type: Insects
Natural: Spiders, moth eggs and other small insects
How to feed: Goldcrests are usually ground feeders, but may be attracted to a bird table in the middle of winter.
What to feed: Suet mixed with insects, mealworm
Nesting: The nest is suspended near the end of a conifer branch and is made by the female. The nest is made from moss, lichens and spiders' webs, and lined with feathers. They will also nest among ivy.