Talk about a contradiction in terms! This exquisite little bird is our smallest and weighs less than a 20p piece. But because of its beautiful golden crown it's known in European folklore as 'king of the birds'.
And yet - it's scientific name is Regulus regulus - the Latin word regulus means 'petty king' and it belongs to the Regulus or Kinglet family, which sounds a bit nearer the mark!
And all we call it is the goldcrest. Very unimaginative of us.
The other Kinglet is K.ignicapillus - Latin scholars will immediately realise we're talking about the Firecrest, which has a white flash alongside the gold - maybe the ash from the fire.
Andrew Carter got close enough to get this amazing photograph, near Fonthill Lake on Wednesday morning.
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Photo: Avocets (Izzy Fry)
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