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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:06   #1
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Question Common or Lesser Redpoll?

We had these in the garden for about 4 weeks during February but could not decide if they were Common or Lesser Redpolls or both.
Can anyone put us out of our misery?
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:11   #2
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We had these in the garden for about 4 weeks during February but could not decide if they were Common or Lesser Redpolls or both.
Can anyone put us out of our misery?
common and lesser are the same thing
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:18   #3
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yap same difference
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:21   #4
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Common normally refers to a Mealy Redpoll, so not the same thing as Lesser. Might leave this to others to figure out - I'm a bit rusty on these.
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:31   #5
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Common normally refers to a Mealy Redpoll, so not the same thing as Lesser. Might leave this to others to figure out - I'm a bit rusty on these.
hi andrew
never heard a mealy referd as a common before
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 19:50   #6
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hi andrew
never heard a mealy referd as a common before
Carduelis flammea is either called Common Redpoll or Mealy Redpoll. Caduelis caberet is called Lesser Redpoll.
http://www.birdguides.com/species/default.asp
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Old Sunday 22nd April 2007, 20:00   #7
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They are Lesser. Very brown, note how the white markings on the mantle contrast heavily with the brown mantle on Common (Mealy) this feature is less contrasty due to the bird having a more paler appearance.
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