Common Linnet –– Carduelis cannabina

A small, slim finch, commonly seen during the winter months in open environments, especially in marsh and shingle areas. Widespread across the UK, in high numbers.

Identification

Male: Males are attractively marked, with a crimson forehead and breast during the spring/summer. They have a grey head, brown back and a buff belly and throat. Their tails are black and white, medium in length and notched.
Female: The female lacks the seasonal crimson forehead and breast and has a buff, streaked colouring.
Size: 13—14cm.
Bill: Grey, short and stubby.
Legs: Grey, medium length.
Habitat: Heaths, estuaries, woodlands, hedges and gardens.
Behaviour: Flits, perches openly, takes off/lands from vegetation or ground.
Flocking: 1—500.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: High pitched twittering in flight.

Breeding

Nest: Bushes.
Eggs: 4—6. Pale blue with red speckles.
Incubation period: 10—14 days.
Fledgeling: 14—17 days.
Broods: 2—3. April—June.
Food: Seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 800,000.

Suggested feed

Willsbridge Supreme Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide British Finch.

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