Name: Lesser Redpoll
Scientific name: Carduelis cabaret
Nature Stars: 60
About: A common, small finch of mixed woodland, birch scrub and wet woodland. About 12cm long. Redpolls are small, brown, streaky finches that spend much of their time feeding on seeds and invertebrates in tall trees, especially birch, alder and larch trees.
How to identify: Very streaky brown finches, with a small black chin patch and a red forehead.
Fantastic fact: There are three species of Redpoll, all of which turn up in Britain. The Lesser Redpoll which nests here, the Mealy or Common Redpoll which nests in Europe and comes here in the winter, and the Arctic Redpoll which is a very rare winter visitor.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc