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Common Linnet

(Linaria (Carduelis) cannabina)
German name(s): "Hänfling", "Bluthänfling"
Size: 12.5-14 cm; wing span 21-25.5 cm
Weight: 12-22 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Linnet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "cannabina"

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Frontal view of a Common Linnet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a Common Linnet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a male Common Linnet in spring (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Near-frontal view of a male Common Linnet in spring (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Lateral view of a male Common Linnet (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Common Linnet (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2016]

Male Common Linnet, right, in comparison with a male European Serin; note that the Common Linnet, although small, is a bit bigger than the European Serin (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

This male Common Linnet, left, is dwarfed by the male Common Blackbird (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

FEMALE

Pair of Common Linnets - male above, female below (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Frontal view of a female Common Linnet (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a female Common Linnet (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr? - Aug? Eggs: 4 - 7 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

Nest building: Female? Incubation: Female? Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Grass stems, grass fibre, wool, rootlets Height above ground: 1 - 5? m

Common Linnet nest in a dense shrub (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Female Common Linnet collecting nesting material (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Female Common Linnet collecting nesting material (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Dense ornamental shrub chosen by a pair of Common Linnets for nesting, right next to human traffic (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 18 x 13 mm Colour: White to pale-turquoise, with rust-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Common Linnet with 3 eggs in it (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Eltville, Rheinhessen, Germany, April 2017]

Behaviour

Common Linnets adapt very well to the proximity of humans and will nest in people's gardens.

Food, Diet

Common Linnets feed on seeds, e.g grass seeds. They feed their young regurgitated, pre-digested seeds.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

linnet_hds_20170422.mp3 cannabina
(Germany)
Territorial calls (male) © HDS
linnet_dw_20160728.mp3 cannabina
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
linnet_dw_20160529.mp3 cannabina
(Poland)
Territorial calls (male) © DW
linnet_dw_20160613.mp3 cannabina
(Poland)
Various © DW

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