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Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret L 12-14cm. Well-marked finch. Forms flocks outside breeding season, and mixes with Siskins. Bill is yellow and conical. Sexes are separable. Adult male has streaked grey-brown upperparts, darkest on back. Underparts are pale but dark-streaked. Note red forecrown, black bib and lores, white wingbar, pale, streaked rump and often pinkish flush to the breast. Adult female and juveniles are similar but lack pinkish flush to breast. Voice Utters a rattling chek-chek-chek call in flight. Song is wheezing and rattling. Status Widespread and fairly common. Breeds in birch woodland and favours birches and Alders in winter.