Common Linnet

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Common Name: Common Linnet
Scientific Name: Carduelis cannabina

Size: 5½ -6 inches (14cm)

Habitat: Europe, North Africa, West and Central Asia. Prefers open country and farmlands.

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: 40,000,000 - 150,000,000 Mature individuals. Threatened in England, European populations are in moderate decline.

Diet: Mostly seed, occasionally insects. Forages on the ground.

Breeding: Four to seven eggs are laid in nest generally in a shrub. Open land with thick bushes is favoured for breeding, including heathland and garden.

Cool Facts: Linnets can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches.

While many Linnets are year-round residents, Northen birds do migrate and have been found several hundred miles at sea.

The Linnet is also used on the crest of the town of King's Lynn (Norfolk, England) and 'The Linnets' has become the nickname of King's Lynn Football Club.

Found in Songbird ReMix European Edition 1

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