How to identify

The Common (or Mealy) Redpoll is a small finch. It is larger and paler than the very similar Lesser Redpoll. It is streaky brown above and whitish below with black streaks, and shows two white lines on the folded wing. It doesn't breed in the UK, but is a passage migrant and winter visitor, particularly to the east coast.


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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