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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Redpoll Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Common Redpolls are small songbirds with small heads and small, pointed, seed-eating bills. The tail is short with a small notch at the tip.

      Relative Size

      About the size of an American Goldfinch.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
        • Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz (11-20 g)
        • Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in (19-22 cm)

    Regional Differences

    Common Redpolls from Greenland are larger and darker than those breeding in Alaska and Canada.