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Small, brown, red forehead, small black bib and, in breeding males, red upper chests, pale underparts
It has recently been split from the Common (or Mealy) Redpoll, which is larger and paler.
Birch and alder woods.
Diet includes small seeds, like alders, spruce, and birch. During the breeding season they also feed on insects.
The female builds a small untidy cup nest of fine twigs and grass, lined with feathers and hair. Pale blue eggs with pale pink or lilac markings are laid and incubated by the female. The young are fed by both parents.
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