Common Redpoll

(Acanthis flammea)

Conservation Status
Common Redpoll
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRN - Unranked Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

5 to 5½ in length

9 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open woodlands, weedy fields, woodland edges, fence rows, backyard feeders

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early October to late May

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

Seeds and buds in the winter. Seeds, buds, and insects in the breeding season.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant migrant and winter visitor in the north. Absent in the south except in irruption years.

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Fringillidae (true finches)  
 

Genus

Acanthis (redpoles)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

Mealy Redpoll (Acanthis flammea flammea)

Greenland Redpoll (Acanthis flammea rostrata)

Icelandic Redpoll (Acanthis flammea islandica)

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Carduelis flammea

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Marie Molde

 
  sighting in residential Roseville, solo bird. However, if you look closely, see a Downy Woodpecker photo-bombed me!   Common Redpoll  
 

Bill Reynolds

 
 

For the past month now, the Common Redpoll has made my feeder their home base, where the are enjoying copious amounts of black-oiled sunflower seeds. The flock is about 50-60 birds plus others like; Pine Grosbeak, Blue Jays, Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chickadees and a few Dark-eyed Juncos.

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About

Acanthis flammea

 
  Common Redpolls
Andree Reno Sanborn
 
  Common Redpolls  
 
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Carduelis flammea

 
     

 

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About

Published on Feb 8, 2009

Common redpolls are showing up all over the Twin Cities this winter. Watch for these small finches at your thistle or sunflower feeders.

   
  Common Redpoll
NEK Audubon
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 25, 2013

Digiscope with 35mm lens

   
  Prairie Life: Common Redpoll
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 27, 2015

A three-part look at the winter feeding behavior of the Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea). Photographed near Warren, Minnesota (27 February 2015).

   
  Common Redpolls
Chanders1962
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 10, 2008

Common Redpolls on picnic table Temperance, MI

   
  REDPOLLS - Guide to the ID of British Garden Birds No.4
Maurice Baker
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 9, 2016

I usually look out for redpolls in the garden each year during January, February and March.

Most years I will see at least 3 or 4 lesser redpolls but 2012 was exceptional when I had up to 10 visiting from January through to March including a number of Common or Mealy Redpolls which are classified as scarce in Shropshire.

Attribution - Angelic Forest by Doug Maxwell, from Youtube free Audio Library

   
       

 

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  Marie Molde
8/11/2021

Location: Roseville, MN

sighting in residential Roseville, solo bird. However, if you look closely, see a Downy Woodpecker photo-bombed me!

Common Redpoll  
  Jerry
3/26/2018

Location: Little Rabbit Lake, Crow Wing County

   
  Bill Reynolds
12/4/17

Location: Pennington Co. MN

For the past month now, the Common Redpoll has made my feeder their home base, where the are enjoying copious amounts of black-oiled sunflower seeds. The flock is about 50-60 birds plus others like; Pine Grosbeak, Blue Jays, Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chickadees and a few Dark-eyed Juncos.

Common Redpoll  
  Bill Reynolds
11/19/17

Location: Pennington Co. MN

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