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Lesser Redpoll

From Opus

Acanthis cabaret
Photo by Adey BakerPhoto taken: Burbage Common Extension, Leicestershire, UK
Photo by Adey Baker
Photo taken: Burbage Common Extension, Leicestershire, UK


[edit] Identification

Small, brown, red forehead, small black bib and, in breeding males, red upper chests, pale underparts

[edit] Distribution

British Isles, Alps and mountains of Czechoslovakia.

[edit] Taxonomy

It has recently been split from the Common (or Mealy) Redpoll, which is larger and paler.

[edit] Habitat

Birch and alder woods.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Diet includes small seeds, like alders, spruce, and birch. During the breeding season they also feed on insects.

[edit] Breeding

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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