Lesser Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

Scientific name: Acanthis cabaret

Did you know: The Lesser Redpoll, a charming tiny finch, is known for its acrobatic feeding style, often hanging upside down to feed on tree seeds!

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

The Lesser Redpoll, a small finch slightly larger than a Blue Tit, exhibits a streaky brown plumage. It’s distinguished by red patches on its head and sometimes on its breast. This bird’s ability to hang upside down while feeding on tree seeds adds to its unique charm.

Differences Between Male And Female Lesser Redpolls

The males and females are similar in appearance, but during the breeding season, males can be identified by their more pronounced red forehead and sometimes a pinkish hue on the breast.

What Do Lesser Redpolls Eat?

Lesser Redpolls primarily feed on seeds, especially from birch and alder trees. They also consume plants like willowherb and sorrel. Additionally, they’re known to visit bird feeders, particularly in winter months.

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

Lesser Redpolls inhabit woodland, heathland, and farmland across the UK. They are particularly drawn to areas with abundant birch, alder, and larch trees. These birds exhibit some migratory behaviour, especially when their preferred seed crops fail, prompting them to move in search of better feeding grounds.

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

Lesser Redpolls are known for their distinctive calls, which include a harsh, metallic staccato sound, often heard in flight or while perched. They also emit a plaintive alarm call and a trilling song, especially around their territory.

Fun Lesser Redpoll Facts (kid friendly)

  • Lesser Redpolls can turn upside down to eat!
  • They have a special red patch on their heads, which is why they’re called ‘redpolls’.
  • These birds are tiny, often smaller than a garden Blue Tit.
  • In winter, they often visit bird feeders in gardens.
  • They build their nests in trees and lay blue-green eggs with reddish-brown spots.
  • Lesser Redpolls have a unique ‘laughing’ call that you can hear in the woods.
  • They love seeds and are especially fond of birch and alder tree seeds.
  • These birds can change their location in search of food.
  • They are on the UK’s Red List, which means they need our help to thrive.
  • Watching a Lesser Redpoll can be a delightful experience due to its playful feeding habits.

Facts About The Lesser Redpoll

Diet: Seeds, particularly of birch and alder, plus plants like willowherb and sorrel, but they also visit bird feeders.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 11.5cm
Wingspan: 20-22.5cm
Weight: 9-12g
Scientific Name: Acanthis cabaret

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

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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