Mobile bird identification
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
Whitish streaked underside
Black cap, bill and nape
Black streaked breast
Tawny-buff face & supercilium
Streaked brown back
Faint white wing bar
Dark tail with white outer feathers
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.
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.
The Twite prefers weedy fields and moorland, often near the coast.
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.
Species: C. flavirostris