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The Firecrest shares the same habitat as its much more abundant cousin, the Goldcrest. The common firecrest feeds in trees, exploiting mainly the upper surface of branches in coniferous habitat and of leaves in deciduous trees. This is in contrast to the goldcrest, which frequently feeds on the undersides of branches and leaves. The Firecrest and Goldcrest are Britain's smallest birds, and while they share similar looks, they can be easily distinguished, most easily by comparing the eye stripe which looks much smarter on the Firecrest, with white stripe that its more common cousin lacks. This individual was photographed in the Forest of Dean.