red cap, brown-streaked flanks (Alaska, USA; 2009-05-07)

Common Redpoll
Carduelis flammea

Native Range: North America and Eurasia

Notes: a small, fuffy, brown-streaked finch of high latitudes across North America and Eurasia; inhabits weedy fields as well as willow and birch thickets; only modest sexual dimorphism, with the breeding male being brighter than female.

a common visitor to bird feeders; striped back (Alaska, USA; 2009-05-07)

dorsal view; evident wingbar; sharp conical bill (Alaska, USA; 2009-05-07)