Female Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis flammea

Did you know: The Common Redpoll, a small yet hardy finch, can survive in extremely cold temperatures, even tunnelling into snow to keep warm at night.

What Do Common Redpolls Look Like? (how to identify them)

The Common Redpoll is a small-sized finch known for its agility and resilience. 

Predominantly streaky brown on its upper parts and whitish below with black streaks, it features two distinct white lines on the folded wing. 

A striking feature is the bright red patch on its forehead. Adult Common Redpolls typically measure between 12-14 cm in length and weigh around 12-16g.

Differences Between Male And Female Common Redpolls

Males and females are similar in size and plumage, but males often display a more pronounced red breast, distinguishing them from their female counterparts.

What Do Common Redpolls Eat?

These finches have a diet consisting primarily of small seeds from alder, birch, and spruce trees. During warmer months, they also consume insects.

Where Do Common Redpolls Live? (inc. migration info)

Common Redpolls are not UK breeders, but they are regular passage migrants and winter visitors, especially along the east coast. 

Their habitat ranges from northern Europe and Asia to North America, with a preference for boreal forests of pines, spruces, and larches.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Common Redpolls)

Common Redpolls are known for their vibrant calls, often described as electric zapping notes. Their energetic chirps and trills add a lively soundtrack to their habitat, especially in winter.

Fun Common Redpoll Facts (kid friendly)

  • Redpolls can create tunnels in the snow for warmth.
  • They breed in the Arctic and can travel far south during winters.
  • These birds have a special throat pouch to store seeds.
  • Common Redpolls can eat up to 42% of their body weight in seeds daily!
  • Incredibly adaptable, they have been recorded living in areas with temperatures as low as -65 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Common Redpoll

Diet: Small seeds from birch, alder and spruce, and insects.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 12-14cm
Wingspan: 20-25 cm
Weight: 12-16 g
Scientific Name: Acanthis flammea

The Common Redpoll Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December