Linnet

Linnet

Scientific name: Linaria cannabina

Did you know: The Linnet, a delightful finch, was once a popular caged bird, valued for its melodious song.

What Do Linnets Look Like? (how to identify them)

Linnets are charming, small finches, known for their sprightly flight. 

Males are particularly striking with crimson foreheads and breasts, while females are more subdued in brown tones. In winter, Linnets often gather in large flocks, their twittering chorus a delightful feature of the season.

Differences Between Male And Female Linnets

Males flaunt a bold crimson on the forehead and breast, setting them apart from the much browner females. Both share a sleek, streamlined appearance and a buoyant flight style.

What Do Linnets Eat?

These finches are predominantly seed eaters, favouring seeds from a variety of plants. Insects are also part of their diet, especially during the breeding season.

Where Do Linnets Live? (inc. migration info)

Linnets are widespread across the UK, favouring open landscapes like farmland, heathland, and grasslands. While some are resident, many undertake migrations, moving in search of favourable feeding grounds.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Linnets)

Linnets are celebrated for their melodious song, a beautiful concert of trills and twitters. Their song is a joy to hear, especially during the breeding season when males are most vocal.

Fun Linnet Facts (kid friendly)

  • Linnets can change their tune! Males are brightly coloured in spring but fade in winter.
  • They love to eat seeds and can be seen hopping around fields and gardens.
  • In the past, people kept them as pets for their lovely singing.
  • Linnets are quite social and form large flocks in winter.
  • They have a special way of flying, sort of bouncing through the air.
  • You can spot Linnets by their red forehead and chest (if it’s a male).
  • They build neat little nests in bushes and lay up to seven eggs.
  • Linnets are great at mimicking other birds in their songs.
  • Despite being small, they can be quite noisy, especially in groups.
  • They travel long distances during migration, a real adventure for such small birds!

Facts About The Linnet

Diet: Seeds and insects.
Bird Family: Finches
Length: 13.5cm
Wingspan: 21-25.5cm
Weight: 15-22g
Scientific Name: Linaria cannabina

The Linnet 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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Female
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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