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Linnet

The common Linnet (Linaria cannabina) is a small passerine bird and a member of the finch family. It is a slim bird with a long tail. Its upper parts are brown, throat is a sullied white and its bill is grey. In the summer the male has a grey nape, red head-patch and red breast.

The females lack the redness and are a bit more brownish, but have the white underparts. It derives its name from its fondness for flax (linseed) which is a core component of linen. The Linnet was once a very popular cage bird because of its melodious song. They are in the UK all-year-round and gather in large flocks during the winter months. But some Linnets migrate to warmer parts of mainland Europe.

Linnets feed on dandelion seed, oil rape seed and - as before mentioned - linseed plus other seeds. But they also eat insects, especially in the summer. This intake of natural protein and moisture gives their young the best natural start in life. Live mealworms contain plenty of protein and moisture. And Native Finch is amongst our most popular seed-rich diets. Because it contains so many different varieties of seeds.

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The common Linnet (Linaria cannabina) is a small passerine bird and a member of the finch family. It is a slim bird with a long tail. Its upper parts are brown, throat is a sullied white and its bill is grey. In the summer the male has a grey nape, red head-patch and red breast.

The females lack the redness and are a bit more brownish, but have the white underparts. It derives its name from its fondness for flax (linseed) which is a core component of linen. The Linnet was once a very popular cage bird because of its melodious song. They are in the UK all-year-round and gather in large flocks during the winter months. But some Linnets migrate to warmer parts of mainland Europe.

Linnets feed on dandelion seed, oil rape seed and - as before mentioned - linseed plus other seeds. But they also eat insects, especially in the summer. This intake of natural protein and moisture gives their young the best natural start in life. Live mealworms contain plenty of protein and moisture. And Native Finch is amongst our most popular seed-rich diets. Because it contains so many different varieties of seeds.