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The Biggest Smallest Challenge! – Taxidermy Goldcrest

The Biggest Smallest Challenge! – Taxidermy Goldcrest
June 18, 2018 Krysten Newby
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Taxidermy Goldcrest Small Bird

The Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), along with the Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus) is the UK’s smallest bird, weighing just 5.5 grams – about the weight of a 10 pence piece!


Needless to say, this bird was definitely going to be a challenge due to it’s size, so I have been putting it off for a while now.

Small birds seem to just fall apart from even the warmth of your hands, so did 90% of this project with tweezers alone!

After soaking in an alcohol solution to set the feathers and prevent bacteria before I started work.

It was extremely fiddly to do, but over all I am pretty happy with how this little one has turned out!

The hardest part was probably wiring the legs.

On all birds, to be able to attach them to their base/perch, I have to insert wire through the ball of their foot, all the way up their legs into the body cavity, where they are attached to the body form.

Take a look at the ‘behind the scenes’ photos to really get a sense of just how small this specimen is!

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