Lesser Redpoll

Carduelis cabaret


A small finch of mixed woodland, birch scrub and wet woodland, the Lesser Redpoll spends much of its time feeding on seeds and invertebrates in tall trees, especially Birch, Alder and Larch. The Lesser Redpoll has recently been split from the Common Redpoll as a separate species. It can be seen in flocks, often with Siskins.

How to identify

A very streaky brown finch, the Lesser Redpoll has a small black bib and a red forehead.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Lesser Redpoll numbers have decreased significantly over recent decades - a decline mirrored by many of our farmland and garden birds. Changes in agricultural practices, such as the removal of hedgerows and increased use of pesticides, have had detrimental effects, but The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers and landowners to promote wildlife-friendly practices. You can help too, by providing food and water for garden birds. To find out more about gardening for wildlife, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started. To buy bird food or feeders, visit the Vine House Farm website - an award-winning wildlife-friendly farm which gives 5% of all its takings to The Wildlife Trusts.

Species information

Common name
Lesser Redpoll
Latin name
Carduelis cabaret
Finches and Buntings
Length: 12-13cm Wingspan: 22cm Weight: 11g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as a Red List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review and as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.