Madeira Firecrest

Madeira Firecrest

Regulus (ignicapillus) madeirensis

Pictures: Teus Luijendijk

Until recently considered a race of Firecrest Regulus ignicapillus, this taxon has recently been given species status. Although it resembles ignicapillus, this madeirensis  taxon is clearly different in head pattern, more blackish wings, slightly longer bill and especially calls, which are not unlike Yellow-browed Warbler Phylloscopus inornatus, when heard from a distance. Besides this type it gives a variety of other calls, some of which more resemble Goldcrest R. regulus  than Firecrest.

   Madeira Firecrests Regulus (ignicapillus) madeirensis   videograbs (10x).
   Pictures made at various locations, Madeira, 24-26 November 2004.


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