Name: Linnet

Scientific name: Carduelis cannabina

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A common, small finch of heathland, scrub and farmland. About 13cm long. Linnets build neat bowl-shaped nests, often in gorse bushes or in hedgerows. They feed on seeds. Linnets are present all year round.

How to identify: Males have a brown back, grey head and pinky forehead and chest. Females are paler, streaky and lack the pink colour.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 20
  • Agility: 60
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 30

Fantastic fact: Linnets are named after their favourite food: seeds. Linseed is the seed of flax, while the latin name 'cannabina' refers to Hemp.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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  • Toadoea
    • Date: 2016-04-24 17:25:32
    • Toadoea

    Spotted one on a fence post at Chesil beach singing.

  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-08-07 16:53:49
    • Foxalas

    I've seen a Linnet and I think their bright pinky chest is really beautiful.