Saturday, 15 August 2009

Eurasian Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)

Latin Etymology: Carduelis ("goldfinch") cannabina ("made of hemp")
Adult Eurasian Linnet (subspecies C. c. cannabina) - male at St. Bee's Head - April 2011 / female at Trevose Head - June 2010

Featured Subspecies: Carduelis cannabina cannabina 
Weight: 15-26g
Length: 13.5cm
Wingspan: 21-25cm
UK RED LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Linnets are a slightly odd species in terms of distribution - they are certainly widely distributed, but the density seems to vary wildly, even from year to year. They are found in Geddington but are quite unusual, whereas at Rainham and Trevose Head they seem one of the most numerous birds. Photographing them of course depends on how brave the local population is.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Fringillidae
Genus: Carduelis
Subspecies: C. c. autochthona, C. c. nana, C. c. meadewaldoi, C. c. harterti, C. c. mediterranea, C. c. cannabina, C. c. bella

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Common resident (430.000 pairs) 
 - A fairly local bird seen at sites including Trevose HeadRainham MarshesElmley MarshesSt. Bee's Head and Geddington.     

Further Notes: ArkiveBirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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