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Bird name:

Arctic Redpoll

Acanthis hornemanni

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

BTO 2

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BTO 5

ARCRE

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Arctic Redpoll is a casual winter visitor in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland with around 16 records per year. It is most likely to occur in weedy fields and at feeders. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed" in the UK because it only occurs as a casual or rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Arctic Redpolll: Small finch, buff-gray, brown-streaked upperparts and brown-streaked white underparts washed pink. Head has red cap, black chin patch. Black wings with two white bars. Rump is pale gray or white with few or no streaks. Black tail is notched. Brown-black legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

Arctic Redpoll: Breeds in tundra birch forests across northern Canada, Greenland, and Eurasia. Some birds migrate short distances south for the winter. Rare winter visitor to UK and Ireland, with the majority of sightings along the eastern English coast. Found in forest clearings, open fields, and near bodies of water.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Arctic Redpoll A1

  • Title: Arctic Redpoll A1
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Songs from a small flock in flight.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Arctic Redpoll A2

  • Title: Arctic Redpoll A2
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Typical call is a repeated "che".
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Arctic Redpoll A3

  • Title: Arctic Redpoll A3
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Rising "tsooee" calls.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Arctic Redpoll A4

  • Title: Arctic Redpoll A4
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: "Che" calls given in flight.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Arctic Redpoll A5

  • Title: Arctic Redpoll A5
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: Song is a rapid series of "che, che, che" call notes followed by a trill.
  • Location: AK
  • Date: "August 15, 2016"

Voice Text

"che, che, che", "tsooee", "zzzzzz-chee-chee-chee-chee", "tweet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of redpolls are collectively known as a "gallup" of redpolls.
  • If temperatures get too warm, it may pluck out some of its body feathers. These feathers will grow back in a few days
  • The Arctic Redpoll has very fluffy body feathers that help it stay warm in extremely cold temperatures. It has feathers on areas of its body that are bare in most other birds
  • The species name commemorates the Danish botanist Jens Wilken Horneman

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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