Hoary Redpoll

Acanthis hornemanni

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Fringilline & Cardueline Finches (Fringillidae)

Code 4

HORE

Code 6

CARHOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Hoary Redpoll has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native much of North America and Europe, this bird prefers shrubland and grassland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 26,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Hoary Redpoll is Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Hoary Redpoll: Small finch (exilipes), buff-gray, brown-streaked upperparts and brown-streaked white underparts washed pink. Head has red cap, black chin patch. Black wings with two white bars. Rump is pale gray or white with few or no streaks. Black tail is notched. Black legs and feet.

 

Range and Habitat

Hoary Redpoll: Breeds along Arctic coasts from western Alaska, across northernmost Canada, and the northern coasts of Greenland. Moves southward in winter through much of Alaska and Canada and northern states from North Dakota east. Inhabits weedy pastures and roadsides in winter; stays on tundra in summer.

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Hoary Redpoll SONGS AND CALLS

Hoary Redpoll A1

"Cherp-cherp" flight calls from a bird in a small group.

Hoary Redpoll A2

Rising "tchii" calls from a small group.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"zzzzzz-chee-chee-chee-chee", "tweet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Hoary Redpoll has very fluffy body feathers that help it stay warm in extremely cold temperatures. It has feathers on areas of its body that are bare in most other birds.
  • If temperatures get too warm, it may pluck out some of its body feathers. These feathers will grow back in a few days.
  • The species name commemorates the Danish botanist Jens Wilken Hornemann.
  • A group of redpolls are collectively known as a "gallup" of redpolls.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X