The most noticeable distinction that redpolls show off is a bright red dab on the top of the head, thus the name redpoll (‘poll’ is an antiquated word for ‘head’). The ruby red crown is the easiest way to spot a redpoll in the yard and tell it apart from other finches. Body color, on the other hand, can vary among redpolls. For example, the Common Redpoll has brown body feathers with heavy streaking, while the Hoary Redpoll has whitish body feathers with minimal streaking.
The Pine Siskin, also referred to by its Latin name of Spinus pinus, is a petite bird with subtle brown streaks and touches of yellow. Though often mistaken as a sparrow because of its modest markings, the Pine Siskin is actually a type of finch – which comes as no surprise when observing its playful behavior, body shape, and call notes.
Nyjer seed is a popular food for feeding birds, specifically finches. Learn how to offer nyjer, the seed's history, and what other birds it might attract to your feeders.
The American Goldfinch breeds later in the year than most other songbirds. Learn about the goldfinch's unique nesting and breeding process.
Finches can be finicky and sometimes they’re hesitant to visit bird feeders. These nine hints for how to attract finches will help you create a finch-friendly backyard bird feeding station they can’t resist.