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The Arctic Redpoll or Hoary Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni) is a species of the finch family, Fringillidae. It breeds in tundra birch forest[1]. Many birds remain in the far north; some birds migrate short distances south in winter, sometimes travelling with Common Redpolls[2].

Males have pinkish limited to their upper breasts, the feathers are tipped with white when fresh (fall and winter) and wearing away over the year, revealing more colour[3]. Females are generally without pink on breast; generally slightly darker than male[3].

The binomial commemorates the Danish botanist Jens Wilken Hornemann[2].



Coues' Arctic Redpoll

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  1. Mullarney, Killian; Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant (1999). Birds of Europe. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691050538. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.. ISBN 0394466519. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stokes, Donald W. and Stokes, Lilian Q. (2010). Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9770316010504. 
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