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Common name Common linnet
Scientific name Carduelis cannabina
Type Shrubland birds
Status Resident

Small bird (approx 13 cm or 5 in). Brown upperparts and ocher paler underparts, like the flanks. Males in the breeding season show a very striking stain of carmine red on the breast and forehead. Females with plenty of streaks in the plumage. Dark wings with a white spot. Low-cut tail with white outer feathers. Very terrestrial habits, gregarious and little hops as movement on the ground.



Where it lives

Species of open landscapes, plains, meadows, olive groves, steppes and sparse thickets with space for grass formations. Common in fallows, roadsides and dry crops.

How it lives

Species resident in the province. It breeds in April and May. One annual laying of 4 to 6 eggs. Nest in dense bushes. Granivore, consumer of herbaceous seeds and insects in the breeding season. Gregarious and often on mixed flocks in which other species of finches are present.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Abundant and frequent species throughout the province. It can be watched almost at any stage of the Great Path, especially in those that are not forest or high mountain. For example, it is present in steps 1 to 4, 7 to 12, 14 to 18, 22, 23, 32 and 35.

Curious facts

The Common Linnet is a bird of thistles (Carduelis) that feeds, among other things, from seeds of hemp (cannabina). Recent genetic studies suggest renaming it as Linaria cannabina, in relation to another group of plants also very common in the fields and roadsides, the linaria or toadflax. This linnet is one of the most appreciated wild songbirds.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration