Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

There are six records of this attractive species from the Pribilof Islands. All are from fall, spanning the date range of September 17-October 18. Both the 2003 and 2004 fall surveys recorded this species, which may indicate that Golden-crowned Kinglets are more regular in the Central Bering Sea than is currently realized. The recent birds were found in Zapadnie Ravine, the Crab Pots and the cur at Hutchinson Hill. Although distinctive, birders present in fall would be advised to rule out Yellow-browed and Pallas’s Warblers. Yellow-browed Warbler, which has been recorded on Saint Lawrence in fall, lacks the yellow or orange central crown stripe of Golden-crowned Kinglet, has a longer, pale-based bill, and possesses a long, nearly straight yellowish supercilium. Pallas’s Warbler is slightly more similar to Golden-crowned Kinglet, but has a yellow rump, bolder wing bars, and has a narrow yellow crown stripe.