Linnet perched on gorse (c) Jeff Cohen


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

Rank: Species

Common names:

Eurasian linnet

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Map showing the distribution of the Linnet taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Linnet can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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