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Hoary Redpoll

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About the Hoary Redpoll

Also known as: Arctic Redpoll, Coue's Redpoll, Greenland Redpoll, Hornemann's Redpoll, Pale Redpoll, Tundra Redpoll

The Hoary Redpoll, known as the Arctic Redpoll outside of North America, is a small finch named for the patch of red feathers on its crown.

Hoary Redpolls breed in the far north, in tundra forest across North America and Eurasia. They are similar in appearance and behavior to the Common Redpoll, though the Hoary is lighter overall and sports a slightly smaller bill.

Because they live in a cold and exposed environment, Hoary Redpolls have extra feathers on their bodies to provide extra insulation. These extra feathers, when fluffed out, give Hoary Redpolls an especially plump appearance.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 November 2012
Scientific Name Carduelis hornemanni
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. hornemanni
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 7 January 2013)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.7 to 5.5 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

  • 极北朱顶雀 (Chinese)
  • čečetka bělavá (Czech)
  • Hvidsisken (Danish)
  • Witstuitbarmsijs (Dutch)
  • tundraurpiainen (Finnish)
  • Sizerin blanchâtre (French)
  • Polar-Birkenzeisig (German)
  • Organetto artico (Italian)
  • コベニヒワ [kobenihiwa] (Japanese)
  • Polarsisik (Norwegian)
  • czeczotka tundrowa (Polish)
  • Пепельная чечётка (Russian)
  • Pardillo de Hornemann (Spanish)
  • Snösiska (Swedish)