linnet

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linnet

1. a brownish Old World finch, Acanthis cannabina: the male has a red breast and forehead
2. a similar and related North American bird, Carpodacus mexicanus

Linnet

 

(Cannabina cannabina), a bird of the family Fringillidae of the order Passeriformes. The body measures about 13 cm long. The males have a crimson breast and forehead, a brown back, and a white abdomen. The females and young are grayish brown. The linnet is found in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia. In the USSR it is distributed from the western borders to the Ob’ River basin. The bird nests in bushes, laying four to six eggs per clutch. It feeds primarily on seeds; the young are also fed seeds. The linnet is useful in weed control. It is often kept as a pet.