kinglet

[king-lit]
noun
1.
a king ruling over a small country or territory.
2.
any of several small, greenish, crested birds of the genus Regulus.


Origin:
1595–1605; king + -let

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kinglet (ˈkɪŋlɪt)
 
n
1.  derogatory often the king of a small or insignificant territory
2.  (US), (Canadian) any of various small warblers of the genus Regulus, having a black-edged yellow crown: family Muscicapidae

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kinglet

any of about four species of birds of the genus Regulus, of the songbird family Sylviidae; some consider them a separate subfamily, Regulinae. These round-bodied, short-billed little birds are usually found in coniferous woodlands. They make a high-hanging nest of moss, bound with cobweb, so small that the 5 to 10 eggs may lie in two layers. Kinglets are about 9 cm (3.5 inches) long, with greenish gray body plumage and bright crown marks

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For example, he discovers a caterpillar that serves as the kinglet's primary winter nourishment.
The pine barren's frog, northern bog lemming, golden-crowned kinglet and lynx are adapted to living in the acidic habitat.
These woodlands are good places to find golden-crowned kinglet, veery, and hermit thrush.
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