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REDPOLL

The Redpoll is a small, abundant breeding, finch of the boreal and taiga regions and is seen primarily in North American winters.

Males are easily identified by their bright red forehead/crown, red or pink breast and black chin and lores. Females are similar to the male though a little darker with little or no red except for the crown.

 

Redpolls breed in open subarctic coniferous forests, wintering in open woodlands, shrubs, weedy fields and suburban and urban areas.  They nest in open cusps of fine twigs, rootlets and grasses set in a small tree or shrub. Redpolls eat very small seeds of birch, willow, alder, grasses and weeds.  They often store their seeds temporarily in their small throat pouches allowing them to gather seeds quickly then fly away to their nest or a more protective area to actually eat.

 

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