Linnet


Linnet

A small slim finch adundant in open areas, especially marsh and shingle areas in winter. Widespread and numerous resident in the UK.


Identification

Male
Males are attractively marked with a crimson forehead & breast in spring & summer. They have a grey head, brown back & buff belly & throat. Their tails are are black & white, medium in length and notched.
Female
The female lacks the crimson forehead & breast instead has but has a buff streaked colouring.
Size
13 - 14 cms
Bill
Grey; short & thin
Legs
Grey; medium in length
Habitat
Heaths, estuaries, woods, hedges and gardens
Behaviour
Flits, perches openly, hops, takes off & lands from vegetation or the ground.
Flocking
1 - 500
Flight
Undulating
Voice
High pitched twittering in flight

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
In bushes
Eggs
4 - 6 pale blue, speckled reddish
Incubation Period
10 - 14 days
Broods
2 - 3; April - June
Food
Seeds
UK Breeding Pairs
800,000 pairs

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