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Common Redpoll
Carduelis flammea

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 13-14 cm Wingspan: None

Description: Nesting in the far north, the common redpoll is indeed common in the winter throughout the Canadian Rockies. It is a small finch with a bright red forehead and a black chin. The cheek, nape, and back are brown, streaked with black. The rump often takes on a pink tinge, streaked with black. The breast is pink, becoming white on the belly. There may be some brown streaking along the flanks. The wings are black with two white wing bars. Females are similar to males, but lack the pink on the breast. The hoary redpoll is similar, but has an unstreaked, white rump. They pick at the ground for seeds and insects. They are also common visitors to bird feeders. The call varies, but is usually composed of a series of trills, and chirps. One common call resembles a rapid-fire series of "chit-chit-chit".

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Notes: Redpolls are readily attracted to winter bird feeders. When a flock arrives, they'll empty a large feeder in just a few days. For every seed they eat, they spread a dozen on the ground. In no time at all, you'll find your seed supply dispersed over a wide area. Oh, well, you wanted to attract birds to your yard, now you get the responsibility of cleaning up after them.

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