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Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Observed: 14th July 2012 By: sharpjvsharpjv’s reputation in Birds
Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Apologies for poor photo.
A bird with a beautiful song - never seen one of these before. Grey head, crest & distinctive red breast.
Song almost robin-like. Sitting at the top of a tree in the trees next to the beach at Seacliff, East Lothian.
I could be wrong, but I may have seen a hint of blue in its wings.

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Amadan's picture

The song -

made them a popular cage bird in the past.

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Re the song

From My Old Man:

Off went the van wiv me 'ome packed in it,
I followed on wiv me old cock linnet.


Bill Henderson

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thanks everyone

Thanks for the ID.

I have seen linnets before, but their markings seem different (and this one looked bigger than others I've seen). I'm guessing they must change their plumage depending on the season?

cheers everyone - record edited.

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Males lose the red on their breast in the winter, but otherwise look roughly the same all year. Females look about the same through the year. Birds vary little in size, but can sometimes appear bigger when viewed against the sky, say, or when seen in isolation, away from other birds, so there is nothing to compare size against.


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