Scientific name: Carduelis cannabina
Nature Stars: 50
About: A common, small finch of heathland, scrub and farmland. About 13cm long. Linnets build neat bowl-shaped nests, often in gorse bushes or in hedgerows. They feed on seeds. Linnets are present all year round.
How to identify: Males have a brown back, grey head and pinky forehead and chest. Females are paler, streaky and lack the pink colour.
Fantastic fact: Linnets are named after their favourite food: seeds. Linseed is the seed of flax, while the latin name 'cannabina' refers to Hemp.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc