Description A small brown streaked finch which has a distinctive red forehead, small black bib and, in breeding males, red upper chests. This contrasts with largely pale under parts (streaked on the flanks). The Lesser Redpoll is by far the commonest Redpoll found in the UK.
Similar Species The rarerCommon Redpollv(Carduelis flammea) is slightly larger and pale and grey with whiter wing bars. AKA Mealy Redpoll, the Common Redpoll is larger and paler than the Lesser Redpoll mixing without significant interbreeding.
Habitat Birch and Alder woods.