Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide
Adult (Summer)

The Twite is a small finch with bold black streaking on it's breast and back, dark wings and tail and clean white underside. The dark eye stripe with tawny-buff supercilium and face can be quite distinctive. The Males pink rump is not always easy to see.

Twite

Carduelis flavirostris
Finches Menu
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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
Identification points of a Twite
Twite in flight
Black streaked breast
Tawny-buff face & supercilium
Streaked brown back
Pink rump
(male only)
White underside
Faint white wing bar
Dark tail with white outer feathers
Twite
Grey bill (yellow in winter)
Note the yellow bill on this Twite and the heavy streaking, also note the light wing bar with clean white underside. The only difference between the male and female bird is the males pink rump. In winter plumage the Twite is less heavily streaked and appears overall more orange-buff in colour. The Twite's bill is grey in summer and yellow in winter, this birds bill is in the process of changing colour.
Distribution:
An uncommon resident breeding bird in the UK, found in the Western Isles and Northern Scotland. In winter the bird is more widespread and can turn up at almost any coastal location. The Twite is more widespread in Europe.
Habitat:
The Twite prefers weedy fields and moorland, often near the coast.
Notes:
The Twite feeds only on seeds, even feeding it's young with them and as a result the bird needs a year round steady supply which has limited the birds ability to become resident in some areas. The machar of the western isles of Scotland supports a resident number of birds but elsewhere the Twite tends to be a more seasonal visitor.
Order: Passeriformes

Family: Fringillidae

Genus: Carduelis

Species:
C. flavirostris