Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)

Unusual in that it feeds its young on seeds, the Twite needs plentiful flowers and herbs going to seed all year round. The loss of many flowery meadows has caused widespread declines and contractions in its range.Twites resemble Linnets but share characteristics with the Redpoll.They are, however, ground feeders, not treetop feeders like Redpolls. Like other smaller finches, they move in tight, coordinated flocks, rising from the ground, and circling and dropping again as one.

VOICE Flight call little harder than Linnet s, main call nasal, twanging, rising twa-eeet; song quick with buzzing notes and trills intermixed.

NESTING Deep cup of twigs, grass, and moss, lined with hair, in bush or bank; 4-6 eggs; 1 or 2 broods; May-June.

FEEDING Eats seeds; unlike most finches, also feeds young on seeds.

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