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Bird name:

Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis cabaret

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

BTO 2

LR

BTO 5

LESRE

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Red Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Lesser Redpoll is resident in most of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. However, it has a "Red" status because of recent, sharp population declines.

SUMMARY

Overview

Lesser Redpoll: Small finch with stubby bill. Rose-red on front, throat, and breast. Black line through eye and around base of bill. Black wings and tail with pale edging and white wing bar. Tawny-brown above with black streaks. White belly and vent with some thick, brown streaking.


Range and Habitat

Lesser Redpoll: Resident breeder throughout much of the the UK and Ireland. During summer breeding birds may be seen throughout Scotland, Wales, Ireland and northern and coastal England. During winter, birds migrate to southern and central England. Prefers forest habitat. Also found in garderns, parks, and hedgerows.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"chit-chit-chit-chit", "swee-ee-eet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Lesser Redpoll has recently been split into a separate species from the Common Redpoll by several authorities, including the British Ornithologists' Union.
  • It was first introduced to New Zealand in 1862 as part of a shipment of birds sent to the city of Nelson.
  • This bird was once largely restricted to Great Britain, Ireland and the Alps but the range has expanded across central and northern Eurpope in recent decades.
  • A group of redpolls are known as a "gallup" of redpolls.

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
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VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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