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Common Redpoll

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  • Corvus corax
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About the Common Redpoll

Also known as: Lesser Redpoll, Mealy Redpoll, Redpoll

The Common Redpoll is a species of finch that breeds in high tundra habitat. During the winter many birds head south, sometimes in great numbers depending on natural food supplies. When redpolls head south in large numbers (sometimes along with other so-called "winter finches"), it is known as an irruption.

Common Redpolls are found in suitable habitat across the northern half of North America, and across northern parts of Eurasia. Common Redpolls are social and tend to travel in large, gregarious groups. These birds of the north are know to be able to survive temperatures as low as -65F - sometimes by tunneling under snowbanks to stay warm!

"Red poll" refers to the patch of red on the bird's crown. Common Redpolls are similar to Hoary Redpolls but they can be told apart by their darker plumge and slightly larger bill.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 November 2012
Scientific Name Carduelis flammea
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. flammea
Birdorable Family Finches
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.7 to 5.5 inches
7.5 to 8.7 inches
.4 to .7 ounces
Range North Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North America United States (West) United States (East) Arctic

International Names

  • 白腰朱顶雀 (Chinese)
  • čečetka zimní (Czech)
  • Gråsisken (Danish)
  • Grote Barmsijs (Dutch)
  • urpiainen (Finnish)
  • Sizerin flammé (French)
  • Birkenzeisig (German)
  • Organetto (Italian)
  • ベニヒワ [benihiwa] (Japanese)
  • Gråsisik (Norwegian)
  • czeczotka (Polish)
  • Чечётка (Russian)
  • Pardillo Sizerín (Spanish)
  • Gråsiska (Swedish)

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