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Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll
Photo Information
Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-20
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM, ISO 200, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD, Superb Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-21 19:54
Viewed: 1896
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
A female Commo Redpoll (Carduelis flammea 13 cm) photographed in the boreal forest of Montmorency north of Quebec City.

From: www.birds.cornell.edu
An abundant breeding bird of the boreal and taiga regions, the Common Redpoll is seen in North America primarily only in the winter. Even then, it generally occurs during irruptions, typically every other year.
Cool Facts
Redpolls have throat pouches for temporarily storing seeds. They may fill their pouches with seeds quickly then fly away to swallow the seeds in a more protected, warmer spot.
Size: 12-14 cm (5-6 in)
Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)
A very small finch.
Bill small and conical.
Chin black.
Forehead red.
Body pale brown and streaky.
Wings and tail dark.
Two white wingbars on each wing.
Pink to deep pink wash across chest.
Sex Differences
Male pink on chest and less streaked, female without pink and heavily streaked.
Crown bright red. Chin and lores black. Upperparts dark with pale edges; edges wear off through spring. Wings and tail blackish-brown. Wingbars broad and white. Lower back and rump paler and less streaked than upper back. Rump, cheeks and breast red or pink. Flanks with lines of dark streaks. Undertail coverts usually with dark centers and broad pale edges. Rest of underparts white or buffy.
Similar to male, but darker and streakier. Little or no red, except on crown.
Immature male resembles adult female.
Similar Species
Pine Siskin more streaked, without red, without black bib. Yellow in wings.
Hoary Redpoll difficult to distinguish, but larger, frostier, with smaller bill and less streaking. Hoary rump white without streaks. Undertail coverts have little to no black markings. Note that Common Redpolls can look similar, and that the streaking on the undertail coverts is often hidden by the white of the overlapping feathers.
Call is a series of chittering notes with some rising, questioning notes.
Summer Range
Alaska and northern Canada. Also Scandinavia, Russia, and Siberia, parts of Europe. Introduced to New Zealand.
Winter Range
Winters from southern part of breeding range south to northern United States. Extent of southward movement varies year to year.
Breeds in open subarctic coniferous forest and scrub. Avoids dense forests.
Winters in open woodland and scrub, weedy fields, and suburban and urban areas.
Very small seeds, such as birch, willow, alder, grasses, and weeds. Also arthropods in summer.
Feeds on small branches, often hanging upside down. Uses feet to hold food items. Frequently visits bird feeders, especially thistle feeders.
Nest Type
An open cup of fine twigs, rootlets and grasses. Lined with thick layer of feathers or hair. Placed in small tree or shrub.
Egg Description
Greenish white to pale blue, spotted with purple at large end.
Clutch Size
Usually 4-6 eggs. Range: 2-7.
Condition at Hatching
Helpless and with little down.
Conservation Status
Not listed as threatened or endangered.
Other Names
Sizerin flammé (French)
Pardillo sizer�n (Spanish)

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Bonsoir Mario,
WoW! une autre magnifique prise de vue, belle note et détails avec de superbes couleurs , Je suis certain que tu lui as demandé de se retourner ;) Très belle pose et netteté..Bravo Mario

Hi Mario,
This one came out so very nice! The f5.6 worked well here. A Mario Masterpiece!


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  • malain Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 124 W: 42 N: 272] (3188)
  • [2008-02-21 20:55]

Félicitation Mario !

Excellente prise de vue. Photo très nette, couleurs un peu saturées. Très bons contrastes.


Hello Mario,
Fantastic shot, very good composition and point of view, great pose and superb details, excellent sharpness and depth of field, great vivid colors and very good light.

fantastic shot, Mario! so well detailed and the colors are perfect! they came to my house on november 23th, and never came back even with the tistle feeder.....
I hope they wil before winter is over.

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  • Noslo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 70 N: 117] (920)
  • [2008-02-21 21:36]

What a great note! The photograph is quite excellent. Well done!

great and effective!! it's funny.. so swollen!! perfect definition, level of details is excellent as usual.. wonderful colours too!! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • Viking Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 63 N: 782] (4383)
  • [2008-02-21 23:14]

Very clear capture of this cute birdy.
Sharp details and good colors


Hello Mario,
Here I see a fine little fellow looking over his shoulder, to find out what is going on!
Interesting point of view shows the details well, pin sharp as always...
The presentation is well composed, attractive natural colours!
Pablo -

Bonjour Mario,
Inutile de se demande qui est l'auteur de cette photo ... J'aime beaucoup le rappel de la tache rouge sur la tête de l'oiseau crée par le branchage en arrière plan.
Bonne journée.

hello birdman Mario, ^_^

marvellous shot again.. she have the lovely posing for you.. fantastic composition and detail again. love the frame.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend :D


Hi Mario

like a zebra's stripes... pin-sharp clarity & beautiful pose over the shoulder. a great shot like usual.


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  • bizsu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 227 W: 0 N: 71] (717)
  • [2008-02-22 1:25]

Hello Mario,
Very wonderful bird. Great work. Super colours. Fantastic note. Congrat.
Be good !

Nice sharpness, great colors, fine compo, nice shot. Congratulations.

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-02-22 3:12]

what a lovely shot, the colours and details really amazing, nice pose of your bird. well done as usual, Mario

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-02-22 3:48]

What a cute little girl !
Superb piece of work.

have a great weekend,

Superbe prise de vue! Meme s'il est de dos, le fait qu'il regarde de cote et sa petite tache rouge visible sur le front en fait une photo parfaite! Bravo :)

Stunning pp work on this Mario! Outstanding colors and you caught him just right. Really excellent contrasts here! Nice off center presentation! You get an award for this one!

hello my friend!
this is excellent, i like this DOF and great colors and sharpness.

birds...birds...birds...reminds me of the Monty Python show about Lupines! If you have not seen it, you might not know what I mean...

Hello Mario.
I can just say WoW!!!
Wow for the sharpness, Wow for the colours, Wow for the DOF.

Hi Mario,
Super shot as always, I like the way she is looking into the frame, nice note too.
Regards Andy

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2008-02-22 11:44]

Hello Mario
Amazing details... perfect catch of the red! it really stands out....


we where in Maine this weekend and saw this bird for the 1st time.. they are very cute!

Hello Mario,

Excellent shot this one. Flawless sharpness of the plumage from the back and excellent contrasting details on the head area. The blurry background making this a pleasant view. Well cropped giving the space to where it is looking and tastefully framed.

Please allow me to add this to my personal theme.


Absolutely materful shot - bright colours and pin sharp details. A wonderful picture of a great looking little bird.
Thanks for sharing

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  • eBirdy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 1 N: 60] (1528)
  • [2008-03-01 11:50]

Hi Mario,
Nice to see, or better say, to enjoy your pictures...
Simply wonderful! Birds are the most precious creatures of the world! Aren't they?
Warm regards, Marta

Great capture of this beautiful bird, Mario.
Amazing details with great colors.

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