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Bird name:

Common Redpoll

Acanthis flammea

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

BTO 2

FR

BTO 5

COMRE

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Common Redpoll is a scarce winter visitor to the eastern parts of Scotland and England. It has an "Amber" status because of recent populations declines.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Common Redpoll: Small finch, brown-streaked grey upperparts, bright rose-pink breast, boldly streaked flanks and undertail coverts. Red cap and black chin. Bill is orange-yellow with fine black tip. Wings are dark with two narrow white bars; tail is black and notched. Rump usually streaked.


Range and Habitat

Common Redpoll: Migrant visitor and winter visitor to the UK. Can be seen during autumn and winter monthsm, especially along the east coasts of Scotland and England. Can be seen in mixed forest and willow or birch scrub areas; it often forages for seeds and insects in the trees.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Common Redpoll 1

  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Title: Common Redpoll 1
  • Description: Trilled notes with whistles.
  • Location: uk
  • Date: "February 7, 2011"

Jean Roche Similar Sounding

Corn Bunting 4

  • Title: Corn Bunting 4
  • Description: Song is a mix of sharp and liquid notes.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Serin 3

  • Title: Serin 3
  • Description: Typical song.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"chit-chit-chit-chit", "swe-ee-et"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Common Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.
  • Although not considered a migratory bird, one of these birds, bearing a band with Chinese markings, was captured in Norway, having traveled over 4000 miles.
  • Research has shown that they are able to survive temperatures down to minus 67 degrees C (89 degrees F below zero). They are also known to sleep in snow tunnels in order to preserve body heat.
  • A group of redpolls are known as a "gallup" of redpolls.

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RANGE MAP

Range Map for Common Redpoll

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TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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