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Hoary Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni


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Hoary Redpoll
credit:  Juho Holmi from Finland/CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Fringillidae, Finches view all from this family

Description ADULT MALE Has buffy white upperparts with streaking on back and nape. Head has pale gray face, red forecrown, and limited black at base of bill and on throat. Underparts are white, with faint dark streaks on flanks; in breeding season, breast is flushed pale pink, but this character is usually absent in winter. ADULT FEMALE Similar to winter adult male, but with subtly more noticeable streaking on flanks. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but more heavily streaked on flanks and with buff wash to face and flanks.

Dimensions Length: 4 1/2-5 1/2" (11-14 cm)

Habitat Breeds in tundra scrub; wanders south in fall and winter range extends across Canada.

Observation Tips Visit the high Arctic in summer or search for individuals among Common Redpoll flocks in winter.

Range Western Canada, Alaska, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Eastern Canada, Rocky Mountains, Plains

Voice Song and calls are similar to Common Redpoll.

Discussion Similar to Common Redpoll, but much paler, with a smaller, stubbier bill, and white, unstreaked (or nearly so) rump. Underparts are much less streaked than Common Redpoll counterparts. Forms flocks outside breeding season and sometimes mixes with Common. Sexes are dissimilar.