Common Redpoll Acanthis flammea   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Carduelidae
BTO Codes: FR, COMRE EURING No: 16631
Number in Britain: 300 birds (Winter)
Conservation Status:
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Passage/Winter Visitor
Subspecies: rostrata (S), flammea (W), islandica (S) recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 23 cm Weight: M/F: 14 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: akanthis=an unidentified small bird (poss. A finch) mentioned by Aristotle and L.: flamma=a flame
World Distribution: BREEDS: n Eurasia, WINTERS: s to s Europe, c Asia
Habitat: Woodland, birch/willow scrub
Diet: Very small seeds, esp birch, invertebrates in summer, forages mostly in trees
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Population and Distribution

Population Trend: No population trend available
Distribution: No distribution maps available
British Population Size:
    Winter: 300 individuals in 2006/07 - 2010/11
    Summer: 2 to . Pairs in
    First Record: added to list 2000
    First Breeding Record: Strathspey 1959
    Latest Survey: Musgrove, A. et al. (2013) British Birds 106:64-100
    Conservation Status: GREEN
   Previous Assessments: 2002-2007 GREEN     1996-2001 GREEN  
   Races of Concern: , flammea GREEN
Habitat Occupancy (in the Breeding Season):
    No habitat data from BBS
Migration routes: Map of foreign ringing recoveries
European Population Size:
    Summer: 800 thousand to 4 million pairs   (Trend in Numbers)
Population Assesment from Birds in Europe
Distribution in Europe mapped by the EBCC Atlas
Listed on the Appendices/Schedules of: WCA(III),Bern(III)
Survey Results:

Breeding and Survival

Egg Size: 17 x 13 mm Egg Weight: 1.4 g (of which 5 % is shell)
Number of Nest Records: 0
Clutch Size: 4 - 6 eggs
Incubation: 10- 12 days   by the: Female
Fledging: 9 - 14days as: Altricial, downy
First Clutches Laid: Does not breed in Britain, or too few Nest Records
Number of Broods: 2
Number Ringed: Annual Totals
Adult Survival: No data
Juvenile Survival: No data
Age at First Breeding: 1 year Typical Lifespan: No data
Maximum Recorded Age: Too few birds ringed
Read a summary of Ringing Recoveries


Ring Size: A
Wing Length Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data
Weight Adult: Insufficient Data
Juvenile: Insufficient Data
Male: Insufficient Data
Female: Insufficient Data

Other Names

Mealy Redpoll
Has Included Acanthis cabaret, Previously Carduelis flammea
Gaelic: Dearcan-seilich Welsh: Llinos Flodiog
Danish: Gråsisken Dutch: Barmsijs
Finnish: Urpiainen French: Sizerin flammé
German: Birkenzeisig Hungarian: Zsezse
Icelandic: Auðnutittlingur Irish: Deargéadan
Italian: Organetto Norwegian: Gråsisik
Polish: Czeczotka zwyczajna Portuguese: Pintarrôxo-de-queixo-preto
Spanish: Pardillo sizerín Swedish: Gråsiska

For More Information...

Books and Monographs:
   Newton, I. 1972 The finches Collins, London [598.982 NEW]
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