Birds A-Z

Common Linnet

Linaria cannabina


Sander Bot, Xeno-canto


Key information: The Linnet is a common bird that breeds in Cyprus and is found here all year round. Its numbers are augmented by passage migrants and winter visitors. It appears to be a small and rather dull-looking bird, but upon a closer look, one can see the reddish breast and brown back of the male. In the autumn and winter, it often forms large flocks, often mixing with other finch species, such as Goldfinches and Greenfinches.

Length: 12,5 – 14 cm

Habitat: Farmland, scrub and bushes, towns and villages

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Seeds

In Cyprus: Can be seen in farmland areas all over Cyprus

Status: Resident breeder, winter visitor, passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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