redpoll

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n redpoll small siskin-like finch with a red crown and a rosy breast and rump
    • n redpoll small siskin-like finch with a red crown
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Redpoll (Zoöl) Any one of several species of small northern finches of the genus Acanthisformerly Ægiothus), native of Europe and America. The adults have the crown red or rosy. The male of the most common species (Acanthis linarius) has also the breast and rump rosy. Called also redpoll linnet. See Illust. under Linnet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n redpoll A small fringilline bird of the genus Ægiothus (or Acanthis), the male of which has a crimson poll, a rosy-red breast, and the plumage streaked with flaxen and dusky brown and white. The bill is small, conic-acute, with a nasal ruff; the wings are pointed; the tail is emarginate. Several species inhabit the arctic and north temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and America. The common redpoll is Æ. linaria; the mealy redpoll is Æ. canescens; the American mealy redpoll is Æ. exilipes.
    • n redpoll The red-polled warbler, or palm-warbler, of North America, Dendrœca palmarum, having a chestnut-red poll: more fully called yellow redpoll. See palm-warbler.
    • n redpoll plural A modern breed of hornless cattle, originating in Norfolk and Suffolk, of good size, round, smooth, and small-boned. They are more highly prized as beef cattle than for dairy purposes. As indicated by the name the general color is red, but the bushy part of the tail and parts of the udder may be white. See red-polled cattle.
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Usage

In literature:

Companies of redpolls and crossbills pass chirping through the thickets, busily seeking their food.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
And somehow he felt better for having made the acquaintance of the Redpolls.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
I hear a purple finch, too, and the feeble lisp of the redpoll.
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
He resembles our purple finch and our redpoll.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
The redpolls had come!
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
This large Redpoll nests at low elevations in trees and bushes, its habits and eggs being similar to the more common American species.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Another punctual bird is the yellow redpoll warbler, the first of his class that appears.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
In notes and general habits the Redpoll resembles the Goldfinch.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
At Wahoo Lake (July 3-12, 1952) the redpolls were observed every day but we considered them relatively uncommon there.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
See also Purple Finch, the Redpolls, Mourning Dove, Mocking-bird, Robin.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
ACANTHIS (Linnet, Redpolls, Twite).
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Redwings and Mealy Redpolls we got in the birch scrub in the north.
"Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O." by J.G. Millais
This, in form and habits, very much resembles our redpole.
"The Natural History of Cage Birds" by J. M. Bechstein
Lesser redpoles, which here they call "jitties," I have seen close to the garden, and on the other side of the village they are common.
"In a Cheshire Garden" by Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
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In news:

The bird (Carduelis hornemanni) was perched on a branch at the Hilda Road feeders, which are famous in Ottawa for attracting grouse, woodpeckers, siskins, redpolls, jays, and many other birds.
Redpolls are supremely flexible in behavior, appearing suddenly in places that haven't seen them for years.
Flocks of redpolls descend on birches in the winter and feed enthusiastically on catkins, leaving thousands of tiny, brown, star-like petals on the freshly fallen snow.
The bird (Carduelis hornemanni) was perched on a branch at the Hilda Road feeders, which are famous in Ottawa for attracting grouse, woodpeckers, siskins, redpolls , jays, and many other birds.
"The Common Redpoll is one of the winter finches that normally comes south, frequenting our area," Ted says.
Richard Williams saw this female Common Redpoll outside his bedroom window in Anchorage, Alaska.
Adapted to harsh winters and unpredictable food sources, the common redpoll is a bird that migrates as free (pardon the pun) as a bird.
Redpolls are supremely flexible in behavior, appearing suddenly in places that haven't seen them for years.
Redpoll (by Arnstein Rønning on wikimedia).
Common redpolls have been reported in Chatham County and evening grosbeaks in Catawba County here in North Carolina.
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