Eurasian Linnet

Carduelis cannabina

(C. c. bella)

Armenian Name: Կանեփնուկ
Eurasian Linnet

See Plate 56 for Eurasian Linnet and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:13.5 cm, Wing Span:21-25.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 321.
Description: Grayish bill.
Adult: Male has red patches on forehead and breast, pale gray head, and brown-orange back and upperwings. Female is browner, streaked overall, and lacks red patches.
Juvenile: Orange-brown above, off-white below, with dark streaks on head, back, breast, and flanks.
Similar Species: Twite.
Behavior: Gregarious outside breeding season. In spring, males form large "dawn choruses"; in summer, they sing individually from top of bush.
Habitat: Open scrubby slopes and river gorges up to subalpine zone; reedbeds and tree plantations in migration.
Food: Seeds, small invertebrates.
Nest: Cup of stems lined with feathers, wool, hair, and plant down in dense shrub.
Eggs: 18 mm, 4-6, pale blue, pink spots.