Upper parts greenish yellow: cheeks and region of the eyes cinereous, without any white bands: crown-feathers elongated, forming a bright yellow orange crest.
Sylvia Regulus, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 229. Gold-crested Regulus, Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 229. pl. 47. f. 4 & 5. Golden-Crested Wren, Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. I. p. 260.
Entire length three inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) three lines and a half, (from the gape) five lines; of the tarsus seven lines and a half; of the tail one inch five lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing one inch eleven lines: breadth, wings extended, five inches six lines.
Upper parts of the plumage olive-green, tinged with yellow: feathers on the top of the head long and narrow, forming a crest, of a rich orange-yellow, the sides bordered with black: base of the bill, cheeks, throat, and region of the eyes, cinereous; the rest of the under parts the same, but with a tinge of yellow: quills dusky, edged with yellowish green; secondaries crossed by a black bar; wing-coverts dusky brown, edged with yellow and tipped with white: tail blackish brown; the feathers edged outwardly with yellowish green, inwardly with whitish: bill black: irides hazel: feet brown. (Female). Colours generally paler: crest on the head smaller, and of a pale lemon-yellow; the lateral edging of black narrower, and less conspicuous. (Egg). Dull pale reddish white: long. diam. six lines; trans, diam. five lines.
Not uncommon, and generally dispersed throughout the kingdom. Does not migrate. Frequents woods and plantations, especially those of fir. Song weak and inward; heard as early as February. Nest generally suspended from the under surface of the branches of spruce firs; formed principally of moss, and lined with feathers. Eggs seven to ten in number. Breeds early in the year.