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Common Redpoll - Carduelis flammea
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The common redpoll (Carduelis flammea) is a member of the finch family that inhabits the northern boreal forests of North America, Europe and Asia. Common redpolls have a small conical bill, a red crown and chin, brown streaked back and flanks and light colored belly. Common redpolls have pouches in their throat that hold seeds. This enables them to gather seeds and then fly to a safer, warmer location to eat them.