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Eurasian Linnet

Acanthis cannabina (Linnaeus, 1758)

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spring male

Big Boguty mountains, Almaty oblast
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Doesn't occur in large central territory of Kazakhstan. Breeds in mountains and foothills of Eastern, South-Eastern and Southern Kazakhstan, and probably in valley of middle current of Ural and Ilek rivers. On migration occurs in said territories and in Western Kazakhstan. Winterns in foothills of Tien Shan. The detailed distribution in Kazakhstan please see in the Subspecies chapter.


Common, in places abundant breeding migrant. Inhabits the shrubby forest edges and open places with meadow-steppe vegetation, on plains and in mountains at altitudes from 500-700 up to 2800-3000 m. On migration occurs on cereal fields (sunflower fields especially), in shelterbelts, gardens, treeless xerophytic mountains, and in thickets of tall weeds. Appears in end of February – early March (latest in mid-April) in south of Kazakhstan, and in end of March – early April in northern areas. Migrates mainly in flocks of 25-40 birds, but sometimes in small groups and in pairs. Breeds in separate pairs quite a far one to other. Nest is built by female (male escort her) in bush (deciduous or juniper), tall grass (Lasiagrostis, wormwood), rare in pine or on the ground under the grass; nest is from thin twigs, grass and rootlets and is lined with hair and plant fuzz. Clutch of 4-5 eggs is laid in first ten days of April to mid-July. Female incubates clutch 13-16 days, both parents feed nestling which fledge at age 12-14 days old, in first ten days of June to end of August. Long breeding season is explained not only by different phenology on different altitudes, but also by re-nesting after loss of first clutch, and double breeding per season in some places. After fledging broods for some time disperse, then join in flocks, and in end August – September begin to migrate in groups of 20-50 birds. In Ural valley birds migrate in October mainly. Winters in southern Kazakhstan in small numbers.


Acanthis cannabina cannabina (Linnaeus, 1758)

    Description. The crown (excepting pink spot) is more dark-grey, the mantle is more dark rusty-brown than in fringillirostris.
    Distribution. Probably breeds in middle current of Ural and Ilek valleys. On migration occurs in Volga-Ural area, Ural valley and in upper reaches of Emba river.

Acanthis cannabina fringillirostris (Bonaparte et Schlegel, 1850)

    Description. The crown (excepting the pink spot) is more light grey; the mantle is lighter than in cannabina.
    Distribution. Breeds in middle current of Syrdarya valley, in Tien Shan and Karatau, in Dzhungarskiy Alatau, Tarbagatay and about Ayaguz, in Saur, Kalbinskiy Altai and Southwest Altai. In summer recorded in Pavlodarskoye Trans-Irtysh area at Scherbakty village and in Chu-Iliyskiye Mts. On migration occurs within the breeding range, vagrants registered in Kurgaldzhino Reserve 23 October 1970. Winters in south from Almaty - Taraz, at once observed on Syrdarya valley at Dzhusaly station 12 – 22 January 1928.


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург. Издательство Уральского университета, 2000.



Acanthis cannabina cannabina
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Acanthis cannabina fringillirostris
(Bonaparte et Schlegel, 1850)
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Сергей Л. Волков: Анна, действительно, бывают и бекасы с таким исподом крыла. У нас бекасы довольно редки, и у наблюдал только светлый испод. Теперь буду знать.Я


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот

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