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  Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea)





Common Redpoll | Carduelis flammea photo
Common Redpoll

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Common Redpoll | Carduelis flammea photo
Common Redpoll

Image by Eaglestein - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



COMMON REDPOLL FACTS

Description
The Common Redpoll is native to the northern hemisphere and is introduce din Australia. It is a fairly small finch. It is brown-grey in colour with dark streaks and a red patch on the forehead, and black throat. Males have reddish markings on the breast, and females have whiter breast. The rump is streaked. and there is a broad dark brown streak across the vent. It has brown legs and thick yellow bill with dark tip.

Size
12 cm

Habitat
open forest and scrubland

Food
feeds on seeds in trees, bushes, or on the ground. Also feeds on insects

Breeding
The nest is built from twigs, root fibers, bark and lichens and is situated in a tree or bush. The female lays from three to seven speckled eggs.

Range
The common Redpoll breeds in Alaska and arctic Canada, Scandinavia and Russia. It was introduced to New Zealand and has found its way to Macquarie Island where it now breeds. It is a rare vagrant elsewhere having been recorded in Tasmania and Queensland. It is a declared pest in Australia.

distribution map showing range of Carduelis flammea in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Fringillidae
Genus:Carduelis
Species:flammea
Common Name:Common Redpoll

Relatives in same Genus
  European Goldfinch (C. carduelis)
  European Greenfinch (C. chloris)