Eurasian Twite
Linaria flavirostris

– small passerine, slightly smaller than House Sparrow
– diurnal migrant
– migrates in small to large, rather dense flocks
– very vocal


Eurasian Twite Linaria f. flavirostris
BIF2039, 04/02/2017, Cuxhaven, Germany, Roland Neumann
rather small and compact finch, medium-length tail (longer than Common Redpoll), compared to Common Linnet broader off-white GC wingbar, upperside streaked brown (not reddish-brown), white primary panel often less prominent, bill weaker (and yellow in winter) giving a (cute face expression)


Eurasian Twite Linaria f. flavirostris
BIF2042, 14/03/2014, Havelland, Germany, Mathias Putze
deeper forked tail than Common Linnet, head and upper breast appear dark against light


Eurasian Twite Linaria f. flavirostris
BIF2040, 04/02/2017, Cuxhaven, Germany, Roland Neumann
head, upper breast and flanks yellow-brown, flank streaking darker and more distinct than in Common Linnet, belly and vent white (buff in Common Linnet)


Eurasian Twite Linaria f. flavirostris
BIF2041, 04/02/2017, Cuxhaven, Germany, Roland Neumann
note pale wingbar visible even at greater distance, wings often folded due to strong undulating flight


Eurasian Twite Linaria f. flavirostris, calls in flight
European Herring Gull Larus argentatus

BIF2045, 26/12/2014, Gollwitz, Germany, Patrick Franke

Eurasian Twite Linaria flavirostris korejevi, calls in flight
BIF2043, 30/04/2011, unknown steppe lake, Eastern Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke

Eurasian Twite Linaria flavirostris korejevi, calls in flight
BIF2044, 30/04/2011, unknown steppe lake, Eastern Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke

voice:
– very vocal
– in flight usually fast series of polyphonic complex elements (song like)
– similar to Common Linnet
– easiest recognisable is an Eurasian Siskin or Common Redpoll like polyphonic upslur ‘twite’ – but with a typical ‘flanger-effect’ like timbre

comparison species:
Common Linnet (v) (a)
Common Redpoll (v)
Brambling (a)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (a)

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