Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Who does not tempt the carefree birds flying freely in the blue sky? But these birds are not only beautiful in appearance, but they also have an important responsibility to preserve nature on their shoulders. Now you will find many different types of birds in different parts of the world in size and color.

But in this article we are going to introduce you. From the 11 smallest birds in the world . Many of these birds are so small that they can even make their home on your palm. So let’s go into the world of these cute birds.

List of Smallest Birds in the World


11. Golden-headed Cisticola

Average 10 cm, 10 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Golden-headed Cisticola is also known as “Bright-capped Cisticola”. These birds are found in 13 Asian countries and Australia. The average length of the Golden-headed Cisticola is about 10 cm and their weight ranges from about 6 to 10 grams.

The interesting thing is that they have been awarded the name of the best tailor of all birds because they have mastered in making a wonderful nest by threading leaves and grass straws with a spider web. Generally, they prefer to make their shelter around the grasslands.

The male Golden-headed Cisticola has a golden-coloured, head, throat, and lower body. During the breeding season, their plumage becomes brighter than in other seasons. While the upper part of the female Golden-headed Cisticola’s body is dark brown and the lower part is of cream color.

These golden-headed birds are omnivores. Their diet includes small slugs and insects. Let us tell you that a similar weaver bird is found in India, which we know by the name of Baya. Although the size is slightly larger than the Golden-headed Cisticola, but when it comes to making beautiful nests, our Baya is also no less than anyone.


10. Crimson Chat

Average 10 cm, 11 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

One of the smallest birds in the world, these birds, named Crimson Chat, are also known as Tri Colored Chats, because of the mixture of three colors found in their body which makes them quite attractive in appearance. They are one of the smallest birds commonly found in Australia.

Their small size can be gauged from the fact that their length is about 10 to 13 cm and the weight is up to 11 grams. Crimson Chat are mainly found in grasslands, dunes and scrub areas.

During the breeding season, the female Crimson Chart lays 3 to 5 eggs at a time, which are pink or white in color and the size of these eggs is between 1 and 3 cm. Crimson Chart are primarily omnivores, feeding on insects, fruits and seeds.


9. Tropical Parula

Average 10 to 13 cm, 6.5 to14 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

The next name in the list of the World’s smallest birds is Tropical Parula, this bird is also known as New World Warbler. These Tropical Parula, about 11 centimeters long, are mainly found in Mexico and Southern Texas. The upper part of their body is blue in colour, while the lower parts are bright yellow in color and their wings are covered with white stripes.

The colors of Female Tropical Parula are slightly less bright than that of Male Tropical Parula. There are 14 subspecies of Tropical Parula found all over the world. These birds are also omnivores, usually subsist on insects, spiders and berries as their morsel.


8. Bananaquit

Average 10 cm, 11 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Very small in size and quite cute in appearance, these birds called Bananaquit are found mainly in Central and South America. Their 41 sub-species are found all over the world. The upper part of the body of the Bananaquit is dark brown and the lower part is bright yellow in color.

Their sharp curved beak is very helpful in extracting the nectar of flowers. These Bananaquits may be small in size, but they are active. Because of this, while on the one hand they are often seen clinging to the flowers in search of juice, on the other hand they are busy making magnificent globe-shaped nests using grass and vegetation before the breeding season.

Their diet mainly consists of nectar of flowers and fruits. Bananaquit generally prefer to make their perch in the park. Let us assume that their population in the forests is negligible.


7. American Goldfinch

Average 11 to 14 cm, 11 to 20 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

The American Goldfinch is known as a migratory bird because it is commonly found in New Jersey and Washington. But in the winter season, they migrate from the Canadian border to the United States and Mexico. At the same time, during the breeding season, they move to North Carolina in the United States of America.

American Goldfinch are birds of a social nature. This is the reason why these small birds usually like to stay in their group. Not only this, they also do this journey in a herd. The American Goldfinch is about 11 to 14 centimeters long in size and weighs between 11 to 20 grams. Most of their body is bright yellow in colour, while their head, feathers and tail are black in color and the tail has white spots.

These birds are also omnivores, feeding on small insects, seeds and grass. And if we talk about their life span, then they can live in the forest for 4 years. But they can easily survive in captivity for about 10 years.


6. Brown Gerygone

Average 8 to 10 cm, 4.6 to7.2 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

These birds, named Brown Gerygone, are considered to be one of the smallest birds in the world. These brown gerygone, about 8 to 10 cm long, are found in the coastal areas and rain forests of Australia. The upper parts of their body are brown in color, while the color of the lower parts is slightly cream in color.

These are usually found in small groups, consisting of 3 or 4 birds. These brown Gerygone prefer to make their shelter on the upper parts of tall trees. Where they spend most of their time hunting flying insects.


5. Goldcrest

Average 9 cm, 5 to 6 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Known as the smallest songbird of Goldcrest Island. They usually sing in high pitch in the winter season. The scientific name for these little Goldcrest is (Regulus), which also means crown prince. Perhaps that’s why they naturally have a yellow crown on their heads.

This is the reason that these birds are very beautiful in appearance, they are also called the king of birds in the whole of Europe. These birds are known as the smallest bird in all of Europe, reaching up to about 9 cm in length.

The upper part of the body of the Goldcrest is green in color, while the lower part is pale yellow in color. Along with this, their small and thin beak is also very attractive. They usually inhabit the forests and gardens of broad-leaved trees.


4. Weebill

Average 8 to 9 cm, 6 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

About 8 to 9 cm in size these birds, called Weebills, are known as Australian birds, which inhabit the entire woodland of Australia. Weebills are named after their small yellow beak. Their short and thick beak proves to be very helpful in making small insects their prey.

Weebill birds are also known to build magnificent dome-shaped nests. They build this nest using grass, leaves and feathers before the breeding season. The color of their wings is light brown and the lower part of the body is yellow in color. They are usually found in small herds and stay in the same area throughout the year.


3. Verdin

Average 9 to 11 cm, 6.9 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

One of the smallest birds in the world, this bird called Verdin is commonly found in the southwestern United States of America and northern Mexico. They are very shy in nature and mostly prefer to be in solitude. However, when they make their nest, they can easily be seen in the herd during that time.

The body of Verdin is oval, about 9 to 11 centimeters long. Their wings are brown in color and the lower part of their body is white in color. In these, the male Verdin has red spots on his shoulder, which makes him different from the female Verdin in appearance.


2. Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Average 8 cm, 4 to 8 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Now meet India’s smallest bird, the Pale-billed Flowerpecker also known as “Tickell’s flowerpecker”. Their scientific name is (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos). If we talk about their Habitat, then they will be seen almost all over India. Their length is up to 8 centimeters, while their weight is between 4 and 8 grams.

This tiniest bird is plain brown or somewhat olive in color, while their beak is yellow in color, while their beak is yellow in color, usually drinks the juice of flowers and they also like to eat fruits. Due to the quality of drinking the juice of flowers, they are also called by the name of “Phoolchuki”.

The breeding season for the Pale-billed Flowerpecker is from February to June. And a female lays 2 to 4 eggs at a time. This bird is very active and looks very beautiful flying here and there. If we talk about their population, then nowadays their number is also showing a decline which is a matter of concern.


1. Bee Hummingbird

Average 5 to 7 cm, 1.6 to 2 grams

Top 11 smallest birds in the world

Found mainly in Cuba, these birds, which are called bee hummingbirds, and hummingbirds are known as world’s lightest bird. The length of these birds is about 5 to 7 centimeters and the weight is about 1.6 to 2 grams. As we all know that bee means bee and in such a situation, if the size of these birds is compared with a bee, then perhaps it will not be wrong.

There are 3 species of them found all over the world. The smaller the smallest hummingbird are, the more attractive they are in appearance. Not only this, you will be completely stunned to know that these birds can flap their wings about 80 to 200 times in just a second.

Also, Bee Hummingbird can extract the juice of 1200 to 1500 flowers in a day. Because of which they play a very important role in transferring the pollen of flowers from one place to another. The juices of flowers are mainly included in their diet. Although sometimes they also make small insects their morsel.


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