Kinglets and Firecrests (Regulidae)

Common Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla) - HBW 11, p. 347

French: Roitelet triple-bandeau German: Sommergoldhähnchen Spanish: Reyezuelo Listado
Other common names: (Eurasian) Firecrest

Taxonomy: Sylvia ignicapilla Temminck, 1820, France, Belgium, Germany, etc.
Traditionally treated as conspecific with R. madeirensis, but recent studies indicate strong morphological, vocal and genetic differences; genetic divergence level between the two comparable to that between R. satrapa and R. regulus. Race teneriffae of last-mentioned has sometimes been included within present species. Geographical variation only slight; N African birds described as race laeneni, but considered indistinguishable from and thus synonymized with balearicus. Species name often listed as ignicapillus, but original name is a noun phras.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Sylvia ignicapilla Temminck, 1820, France, Belgium, Germany, etc.
Traditionally treated as conspecific with R. madeirensis, but recent studies indicate strong morphological, vocal and genetic differences; genetic divergence level between the two comparable to that between R. satrapa and R. regulus. Race teneriffae of last-mentioned has sometimes been included within present species. Geographical variation only slight; N African birds described as race laeneni, but considered indistinguishable from and thus synonymized with balearicus. Species name often listed as ignicapillus, but original name is a noun phrase and is thus indeclinable. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • ignicapilla (Temminck, 1820) - W & C Europe and Asia Minor.
  • balearicus von Jordans, 1924 - Balearic Is and N Africa.
  • tauricus Redkin, 2001 - Crimea.
  • caucasicus Stepanyan, 1998 - W Caucasus.