Carduelis cannabina

Linnet Carduelis cannabina female

Linnet Carduelis cannabina female

Walking along the beach front one morning I came across quite a few of these small finches, and they always appeared to travel as a pair. The female, as seen in the top two images, although beautiful does not stand out as much as the male with his rosy-pink flushed breast. See below.

Linnet Carduelis cannabina male

Linnet Carduelis cannabina male

It can be seen all year round, and is common and widespread throughout Britain except for the far north. It often feeds in groups, which I observed for myself that morning, on seeds on the ground. Can also been seen on heaths, rough grassland and farmland.

Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) male and female, West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Wales. April 2017.

6 thoughts on “Linnet

    1. I have only ever seen them when visiting Wales. They are a threatened species and are on the Red Amber list. They are such bubbly, lively little birds.


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