The Fire crest is greenish above and has whitish underparts, two white wingbars, a black eye stripe and a white supercilium, superficially it resembles the goldcrest. The head crest, orange in the male and yellow in the female, is displayed during breeding, The male sings during the breeding season, often with its crest raised, and has a display which involves pointing its bill at another bird, showing the crest and strong face pattern.
Spending much time in the tree canopy, the firecrest feeds in trees, exploiting mainly the upper surface of branches in coniferous habitat and of leaves in deciduous trees. Their thin beak is ideally suited for picking insects out from between pine needles. 3.5cm x 7cm