Linnet - Linaria cannabina - summer male. L 13-14cm. Breeding male is colourful but otherwise rather non-descript. Forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are dissimilar. Adult male in summer has grey head, rosy forecrown, and chestnut back. Pale underparts are flushed rosy-pink on breast. Note whitish patch on wings, pale sides to tail, and streaked throat. In winter rosy elements of plumage are dull or absent. Adult female has brown back, grey-brown head and streaked pale underparts. Note whitish patch on wings. Juvenile is similar to adult female but more streaked. Voice Utters tetter-tett call. Male’s has a twittering, warbling song. Status Common and widespread. Favours heaths and scrub in summer, waysides and farmland in winter.
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Linnet - Linaria cannabina - summer male. L 13-14cm. Breeding male is colourful but otherwise rather non-descript. Forms flocks outside breeding season. Sexes are dissimilar. Adult male in summer has grey head, rosy forecrown, and chestnut back. Pale underparts are flushed rosy-pink on breast. Note whitish patch on wings, pale sides to tail, and streaked throat. In winter rosy elements of plumage are dull or absent. Adult female has brown back, grey-brown head and streaked pale underparts. Note whitish patch on wings. Juvenile is similar to adult female but more streaked. Voice Utters tetter-tett call. Male’s has a twittering, warbling song. Status Common and widespread. Favours heaths and scrub in summer, waysides and farmland in winter.

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