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Summer plumage
Photo © by the late Jim Wood
Shetland Islands, June 2008

Alternative name: Arctic Redpoll

Acanthis hornemanni

Carduelis hornemanni


11·5–14 cm (4½-5½ in)

  • Buff-grey upperparts streaked brown
  • White underparts with brown streaks (washed pink in male).
  • Red cap
  • Black chin patch
  • Black wings with two white bars
  • Rump is pale gray or white with few or no streaks.
  • Notched, black tail
Photo © by Nightbird
January 2004

Similar Species

Similar to Common Redpoll


Breeds northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, far northern Scandinavia and Russia. Winters south to northern United States.


Hoary/Arctic Redpoll might not be a different species from Common Redpoll[4].


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • A. h. exilipes: Alternative name : Coue's Arctic Redpoll
  • A. h. hornemanni:

Was formerly placed in genus Carduelis.


Inhabits weedy pastures and roadsides in winter; stays on tundra in summer.



Their diet consists mostly of small seeds, buds, shoots and catkins, mainly from birch, alder, willow and conifer trees.


Nests in the fork of willow or birch trees.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Whatbird
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy of Redpolls
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2016)

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