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The Linnet, Carduelis cannabina, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
This bird breeds in Europe, western Asia and north Africa. It is partially resident, but many eastern and northern birds migrate further south in the breeding range or move to the coasts.
Open land with thick bushes is favoured for breeding, including heathland and garden. It builds its nest in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs.
This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches, such as Twite, on coasts and salt marshes. Its food mainly consists of seeds, which it also feeds to its chicks. The linnet derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.
It is a slim bird with a long tail. The upperparts are brown, the throat is sullied white and the bill is grey. The summer male has a grey nape, red head patch and red breast.
Females and young birds lack the red and have white underparts with the breast streaked buff. The linnet's pleasant song contains fast trills and twitters.
They are sometimes found several hundred miles at sea.
"The Linnets" has become the nickname of King's Lynn Football Club, Burscough Football Club and Runcorn Linnets Football Club (formerly known as 'Runcorn F.C.' and Runcorn F.C. Halton). Barry Town F.C., the South Wales-based football team, also used to be nicknamed 'The Linnets'.
The cock linnet, being a popular pet in Edwardian times, features in the classic British music hall song of that period My Old Man.
They feed on the ground, and low down in bushes.
They like small to medium sized seeds: most arable weeds, Polygonums (Knotgrass, dock), Crucifers (Charlock, shepherds purse Capsella bursa-pastoris), Chickweeds Stellaria, Dandelions, Thistle, Sow-thistle, Mayweed, Common groundsel, Common Hawthorn, Birch.
They have a small component of Invertebrates in their diet.
Conservation and management
The Linnet is IUCN Redlisted as threatened and also listed by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan as a priority species, which can be found here.It is protected in the UK by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
In Britain, populations are declining, attributed to increasing use of herbicides, aggressive scrub removal and excessive hedge trimming; its population fell by 56% between 1968 to 1991. This was probably due to decrease in seed supply and increasing use of herbicide being two of the factors.
Favourable management practices on agricultural land:
• Overwinter Stubbles
• Uncultivated margins, ditches, field corners
• Conservation headlands
• Wild bird cover of species that produce small, oil-rich seeds such as Kale, Quinoa, Mustard plant, Oil-seed rape Brassica napus
• Restoration and creation of hay meadows
• Short, thick, thorny hedgerows and scrub for nesting habitat
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che bella cattura, eccellente il punto di ripresa con la bella posa, ottima definizione e splendidi colori, bellissima la composizione con uno sfondo favoloso.
Grazie e complimenti
Ciao Jose. Davvero uno sfondo intrigante. Ottimo fuoco sull'occhio del volatile in mezzo a toni di colore e luce ben caldi. Ottima compo.
- [2010-06-17 21:12]
You have shared a wonderful picture of this small bird. I like lovely brown colour palette of the image, its diagonal structure, nice BG and excellent details of the bird and branch. Your excellent lens works greatly in your hands. Thanks a lot and best regards.
- [2010-06-17 22:32]
Lovely picture of this charming Linnet. Beautiful composition wrth a background that looks like a painting.I also liked the overall warm tone in the picture.
* Sorry, i ran out of smileys.
Will be back. :)
- [2010-06-17 22:35]
A very nice, well composed capture of a female Linnet. The sharpness and natural colours are superb and it looks good against the blurred natural Bg.
Thanks and have a good weekend,
Thanks for sharing this beautiful Linnet
with us. Tiny birds like these have a special place in my heart. This photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. The arrangement of soft colours is very striking. A good close-up with clear details. I enjoyed the sight. Thanks for sharing.
A great example of a small beautiful bird species.
A masterful shot that shows a simple flat colors.
Perspective and composition, very well between the branches of trees.
Thank you for sharing this beauty.
- [2010-06-18 5:53]
Well chosen composition and subtle earth-colors for this Linnet-picture. I like the vivid attitude of the bird and the fine colors of the background. Fine sharpness too.
- [2010-06-18 11:19]
What a beauty! Fantastic sharpness, details and superb matching colours. The composition, pose and DOF are marvelous. Great photo!
Have a nice weekend,
Muito boa esta também, da qual destaco a composição!