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Photos: Redpolls in South Iceland

The following pictures were taken by one of our in-house photographers, Páll Kjartansson, in the summerhouse area Úthlíd east of Laugarvatn in south Iceland on Saturday. It is presumably an adult bird (the one with the red markings) and a chick.







According to Wikipedia, redpolls (Lat. Carduelis flammea) are a group of small passerine birds in the finch family Fringillidae which have characteristic red markings on their heads.

It is among the smallest native birds in Iceland, measuring 12-14 centimeters in length with a wingspan of 20-25 centimeters and weighing 15 grams. It flies with light wave-like movements, as described on the bird website Fuglavefurinn.

The redpoll is agile when searching for food in trees and other vegetation, mainly birch seeds and insects. It nests in trees and shrubs and lays usually four to six eggs. It commonly raises two sets of chicks in one summer, from late April to early July.

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