Linnet

A linnet feeding its brood; like all finches, it feeds its young on insects.

A linnet feeding its brood; like all finches, it feeds its young on insects.

A twite.

A twite.

The linnet is a finch that visits the UK in summer from its wintering grounds in north Africa.

This finch’s main habitat is moorland and farmland, and like its closest relative, the twite, it nests on the ground.

Linnets have a crimson breast and a browny-grey back.

Like most finch species, they have a stocky bill for crushing seeds.

In size, the linnet is a bit larger and chunkier than a house sparrow, around 17cm long.

Between 1970 and 2008, this beautiful summer visitor has declined by a massive 57% in just 38 years, putting it on the Red List in British birds, like the twite.