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Common Redpoll

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Photo by Doug LloydWasilla, Alaska, January 2004
Photo by Doug Lloyd
Wasilla, Alaska, January 2004
Acanthis flammea

Carduelis flammea
Includes: Lesser Redpoll


[edit] Identification

11.5-14 cm (4½-5½ in)

  • Streaky finch with pale feather edges
  • Red forehead and crown
  • Black lores and chin
  • Dark eye line
  • Pale supercilium
Lesser RedpollPhoto by Adey BakerBurbage Common Extension, Leicestershire, UK
Lesser Redpoll
Photo by Adey Baker
Burbage Common Extension, Leicestershire, UK
  • Cheeks darker gray than the rest of the head and nape
  • Two wing bars
  • Grey flight and tail feathers with buff-colored edges
  • Pale rump streaked with gray
  • Whitish breast, flanks, and belly
  • Variable amount of streaking on the breast and flanks
  • Males have a variable amount of rose wash across the upper breast that is absent in females
  • Sharply pointed yellow bill with a black tip and culmen

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in the northern parts of the New and Old Worlds. Winter range extends farther south, but is not very predictable. An irruptive species, this bird can be abundant in places some winters and completely absent in other winters. Birds ringed in Norway have been recovered in China just north of the border of North Korea, about 4000 km away from Troms County.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Carduelis.

[edit] Subspecies

There are four subspecies:[1]

  • A. f. flammea
  • Northern Eurasia and northern North America
  • A. f. rostrata
  • Northern Labrador, Baffin Island and southern Greenland; winters to north-eastern USA and British Isles
  • A. f. islandica
  • Iceland
  • A. f. cabaret
  • British Isles, Alps and mountains of Czechoslovakia - smaller and darker then other subspecies
  • Some authorities regard this a separate species, the Lesser Redpoll.

[edit] Habitat

Coniferous and birch woodlands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small seeds.

[edit] Breeding

It builds an open cup nest from twigs, rootlets and grasses, lined with thick layer of feathers or hair. 4-6 greenish white to pale blue, spotted with purple at large end, eggs are laid.

[edit] Vocalisation

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. All About Birds
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)

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