nonbreeding; brownish; white wing patch (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-15)

Common Linnet
Carduelis cannabina

Native Range: Eurasia

Notes: the lowland counterpart of the upland Twite; frequents open areas as well as those with brush and small trees; nests in loose colonies; male during the breeding season in brighter than when in his much duller non-breeding plumage.

showing white wing patch in flight (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-15)

breeding male; red breast and crown; grey-head (Portugal; 2006-06-05)

nonbreeder retains some pink on head, breast (No. Ireland; 2008-09-15)

showing off white wing patch (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-15)

breeding male; dark bill; grey head; pinkish breast (Portugal; 2006-06-05)

pair of juveniles or females; note streaking (Northern Ireland; 2008-09-15)

adult male (Poland; 2012-06-30)

adult male (Poland; 2012-06-30)