Common Redpoll

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 November 2012
Scientific Name
Carduelis flammea
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. flammea
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
4.7 to 5.5 inches
7.5 to 8.7 inches
.4 to .7 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白腰朱顶雀
Czech (Cesky) čečetka zimní
Danish (Dansk) Gråsisken
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Barmsijs
Finnish (Suomi) urpiainen
French (Français) Sizerin flammé
German (Deutsch) Birkenzeisig
Italian (Italiano) Organetto
Japanese (日本語) ベニヒワ [benihiwa]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gråsisik
Polish (Polski) czeczotka
Russian (русский язык) Чечётка
Spanish (Español) Pardillo Sizerín
Swedish (Svenska) Gråsiska
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