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Bird Field Guide
Adult Male (Summer)

A small slim finch, the Redpoll is a brown and whitish streaked bird, the male has a pink forehead and breast, the female has only a pale red forehead.

Redpoll

Acanthis flammea
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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 Redpoll
Female Redpoll
Pink breast
Pink forehead
Small bill
Brown streaked body
Dark tail
Whitish streaked underside
Adult Female/Male winter
The female lacks the red breast of the male, her back is more tawny-buff colour. Females often have no pink at all and as males can also have only a pink forehead during moult, separating male from female can be difficult.
Male Redpoll
The male Redpoll in summer plumage is a distinctive little bird, difficult to confuse with other species.
Female or winter Male? In reality it is difficult to be sure, however the tawny buff hue on this birds back may indicate that this bird is female.
Pale wing bars
Female Redpoll
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringillidae

Genus: Acanthis

Species: A. flammea
Distribution:
Thinly distributed throughout Europe, including the very North and Iceland. Has a high tolerance of colder climates. A scarce resident bird in the UK although in the very South of England is present only in winter. Only around 300 birds are recorded each year in the UK and less than 3 breeding pairs have been identified.
Habitat:
Bushy heaths, Larch forest and Silver Birch with a preference for higher altitudes.

Notes:
The Redpoll has a confusing genealogy history and has recently been separated into different species. The term Redpoll or 'Common Redpoll' is now a generic term for several different but almost identical species:

Lesser Redpoll: Acanthis cabaret

Mealy Redpoll: Acanthis flammea
   Greenland Redpoll: A. f. rostrata
   Icelandic Redpoll: A. f. islandica

Arctic Redpoll: Acanthis hornemanni
   Coues's Arctic Redpoll: C. h. exilipes
   Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll: C. H. hornemanni

The differences between these birds is in most cases slight and can only be established by detailed examination of a bird in the hand. I will write a detailed ID guide on these in the future.