Hoary Redpoll

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 November 2012
Scientific Name
Carduelis hornemanni
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Carduelis
  • C. hornemanni
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 8 January 2013)
  • 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
.4 to .7 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 极北朱顶雀
Czech (Cesky) čečetka bělavá
Danish (Dansk) Hvidsisken
Dutch (Nederlands) Witstuitbarmsijs
Finnish (Suomi) tundraurpiainen
French (Français) Sizerin blanchâtre
German (Deutsch) Polar-Birkenzeisig
Italian (Italiano) Organetto artico
Japanese (日本語) コベニヒワ [kobenihiwa]
Norwegian (Norsk) Polarsisik
Polish (Polski) czeczotka tundrowa
Russian (русский язык) Пепельная чечётка
Spanish (Español) Pardillo de Hornemann
Swedish (Svenska) Snösiska
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