Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult Male (Summer)
The female Linnet is a much browner bird with no pink markings, the head is less grey and more brown than the male.

Linnet

Carduelis cannabina
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Other Finches
Blue-grey head
White wing patches
Pink underside
Brown back
Dark wings
Mottled head
Orange breast
Dark spots on flank
White rump
Dark back and wings
Pale grey head
Pink breast
Orange-brown back
Pale red forehead
Dark wings
Black streaked breast
Tawny-buff face
Streaked brown back
Pink rump
Dark wings
Pink breast
Pink forehead
Small bill
Brown streaked body
Whitish streaked underside
Red face
Black and white head
Bright yellow on wings
Tawny brown back
Pale underside
Green-yellow body
Stout bill
Yellow wing bar
Large heavy finch
Dark around eye
Black cap
Yellow head and breast
Black and yellow wings
Yellow wings
White underside
Bright yellow forehead
Yellow breast
Green and black wings
Forked tail
Female brownish
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin
Bullfinch
Crossbill
Hawfinch
Black cap, bill and nape
Bright red underside
Grey back
Black wings
White rump
Large heavy bill
Bright brown head
Brown body
Black wings
Whitish wing bar
Hooked, crossed bill
Red or green body
Dark wings
Dark eye
Habitat specific
Chaffinch
Brambling
Linnet
Twite
Redpoll
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Siskin
Serin (Rare)
Bullfinch
Hawfinch
Crossbill
Key identification points of a Linnet
Linnet flying
Female Linnet
Pale grey head
Pink breast
Orange-brown back
Pale red forehead
Dark wings
Pale cheeks
Dark tail with white side panels

The Linnet is a small finch with pink breast, grey head, pale cheeks, pink forehead and orange-brown back. The bird in winter has little or no pink and appears much browner.

Adult Female
Forked tail
Male Linnet
A male Linnet in full summer plumage, most often seen claiming his territory by singing from the top of a thorn bush. Note the distinctive forked tail.
Female Linnet
This image shows the typical speckled breast and brownish face of the female, however she retains the dark wings and tail of the male.
Distribution:
A widespread resident bird in Southern Europe and the UK and a summer visitor to Northern Europe.
Habitat:
Prefers open scrub on heaths and farmland but can be found in most hedgerows, scrub and waste ground with seeding weeds.
Notes:
A sociable bird often found in small breeding colonies and larger flocks in winter. Usually seen feeding near or on the ground, unlike the closely related Redpoll and Siskin who feed mostly in trees. Well known for it's musical song the bird was once a popular cage bird.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringillidae

Genus: Carduelis

Species: C. cannabina