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Mealy Redpoll - Carduelis flammea. Confusingly, redpoll classification has changed in recent years. Formerly, both the Mealy Redpoll and the bird now referred to as Lesser Redpoll were treated as races of the Common Redpoll complex; now they are considered to be separate species. But here they are treated as a single entry. The Mealy Redpoll Carduelis flammea is appreciably paler in all plumages than the Lesser Redpoll. Lessers are present here all year (although many migrate to mainland Europe in winter). Mealys are exclusively winter visitors, from N Europe.