Look At This Tiny Common Redpoll, That Has A Bright Red Hints

Common Redpoll

The Common Redpoll is a tiny bird species that is also known as the Mealy Redpoll. I think the Redpoll is there to define their bright red hints over a pale grayish brown body. They are scientifically named Acanthis Flammea and belong to the Finch family. 

The Common Redpoll is a chunky little bird with a bright red patched head and a splash of slight red hints on its throat and chest. Apart from red hints, most of their body parts are gray-brown. They have a black bib and two pale stripes on the wings. They have brown legs, dark-tipped pale yellow bills, and dark brown irises.

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They inhabit thickets or shrubs. The Common Redpoll ranges mainly in Northern America and extends from Greenland or Iceland to Northern Europe and Asia. They prefer the subarctic conifer forests and typically avoid dense forests. 

Let’s find some more interesting facts about the Common Redpoll. Be till the end of the article. 

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Presenting the chunky Common Redpoll.

Common Redpoll

However, all Common Redpolls are plump and lovely, but males are the ones who display bright red patches on their heads with a slightly pinkish-red splash on their chest. 

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Meet the Female Common Redpolls.

The Females of Common Redpoll are devoid of red-patched heads and red-blushed chests, but they are still cute and chunky. Females have brown streaked chests and plumage. They have cream bellies striped with brown.

Common Redpoll females

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They are tiny birds measuring around 4.5 to 5.5 inches in length and weighing between 12 and 16 gms. 

It might be difficult to recognize juveniles because they also lack bright red.

Juveniles of the Common Redpoll might be confused with some other Redpoll or finch species because they don’t have a red patch and chest until they become fully matured.

Common Redpoll juvenile

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These Common Redpolls are chunky but light in weight at the same time, it might feel like holding a fluffy cotton ball.

Let’s measure their wingspan.

Their wingspan ranges from 7.5 inches to 8.7 inches. They are tiny, right?

They breed in the southern regions of North America.

The Common Repolls build their nests in layers with different kinds of materials and place them down in a tree or bush. 

Common Redpoll in nest

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The outer layer of the nest consists of thin twigs, the middle layer of root fibers with fragments of juniper bark and lichens, and an inner layer of down willow buds and reindeer hair. 

Females lay 3 to 7 speckled eggs and incubate them also.

The eggs are incubated by the females only and take about 11 days to hatch. 

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Common Redpoll nest and eggs

The Common Redpolls are resistant to cold temperatures, and they move in winter according to the availability of food. They are populating well and are considered the Least Concern. 

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