Linnets are widespread and common throughout much of Europe, often breeding in small colonies of up to 20 individuals. Nests are built in dense hedges or thorny trees, and the female lays 4-6 purple speckled eggs. Males help to feed the nestlings. Linnets are more dependent on wildflower seeds than other seed-eaters during the breeding season, since chicks are fed exclusively on seeds rather than insects. Linnets are partial to over 46 types of seeds, many of which are from the cabbage family.
Scientific name: Carduelis cannabina
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Linnet distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Year assessed: 2009
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The Common Linnet (Carduelis cannabina) is a small passerine bird of the finch family, Fringillidae. It derives its scientific name from its fondness for hemp and its English name from its liking for seeds of flax, from which linen is made.
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