Quantcast
Last updated on April 19, 2014 at 1:20 EDT

Twite

The Twite (Carduelis flavirostris), is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae. It is a partially resident breeder in northern Europe and across central Asia. Many of the birds do migrate further south, or to the coastal regions. Treeless moorland* is favored habitat for breeding.

It is similar in size and shape to a Linnet, but lacks the red head patch and breast shown by that species and the redpolls. It is brown streaked with black above, with a pink rump. The under parts are buff to whitish and streaked with brown. The conical bill is yellow in winter and grey in summer.

This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches on coasts and salt marshes. The food is seeds. The female builds a nest in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs. The call is a distinctive “twit”, and the song contains fast trills and twitters.

*Moorland: open land usually with peaty soil covered with heather and bracken and moss

Twite