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Hoary Redpoll
Carduelis hornemanni

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 13-14 cm

Description: An uncommon winter resident, the hoary redpoll is another regular visitor to bird feeders. Both sexes have a red crown, and a black chin. The back is gray-brown with streaks of black. The rump, unlike the common redpoll, is white and unstreaked. The wings are dark with two white wing bands. The breast of the male is pink, becoming white on the belly. Females lack the pink on the belly. The flanks are lightly streaked. The tail is black. They feed on seeds and insects gleaned by picking away at the ground and snow. The call is similar to the common redpoll, but often seems somewhat higher in pitch. Listen for a high "chit-chit-chit".

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