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Hoary Redpoll


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A small pale bird of the high Arctic, the Hoary Redpoll is a rare winter visitor to southern Canada and the northern United States. During redpoll invasions, a few paler Hoary Redpolls can sometimes be spotted within flocks of Common Redpolls.

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Adult Description

  • A very small pale finch.
  • Bill small and conical.
  • Chin black.
  • Forehead red.
  • Rump white.
  • Undertail white.

Immature Description

Immature male resembles adult female.

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Similar Species

  • Pine Siskin more streaked, without red, without black bib. Yellow in wings.
  • Common Redpoll difficult to distinguish, but slightly smaller, darker, with larger bill and more streaking. Common Redpoll has a streaked rump, and its undertail coverts have a few to many black markings. Note that Common Redpolls can look similar to hoaries, and that the streaking on the undertail coverts is often hidden by the white of the overlapping feathers. Some female hoaries are nearly as streaked on the flanks and rump as Common Redpolls.

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.

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