Hoary Redpoll

: A Fascinating Little Bird

The Hoary Redpoll (Acanthis hornemanni) is a small passerine bird that belongs to the finch family. It’s widely distributed across the Arctic regions, including Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and parts of Eurasia. In this blog post, we’ll explore some fascinating facts about this amazing little bird.

Basic Description:

Hoary Redpolls are tiny birds that measure between 4.5-5 inches in length and weigh less than half an ounce. They have brownish-gray upperparts with black streaks, while their underparts are white or grayish-white with faint streaks on the flanks. The males have a bright red cap on top of their heads and a rosy-pink breast; females lack these markings.

Where To Find This Bird:

During breeding season (May to August), Hoary Redpolls can be spotted nesting in shrubs or trees near water sources such as streams or ponds within alpine tundra habitats above treeline zones. During winter months (October to April), they migrate southwards into boreal forests where they feed on birch buds and seeds.


As mentioned earlier, Hoary Redpolls prefer nesting in Arctic tundras during summer months but will roam outside of this area for food during winter months when there is less vegetation available for them to consume due to harsh weather conditions like snowfall making it difficult for them to find sustenance.


They feed mainly on seeds from plants such as grasses, sedges or weeds but may also include insects if available during certain periods of time throughout the year.

Cool Facts:

One interesting fact about Hoary Redpolls is that they’ve been known to mate for life! Another fun fact is that when temperatures drop below -30°F (-34°C), their metabolism changes vastly allowing them increased thermoregulation by increasing oxygen consumption in cells which helps them survive in extremely cold temperatures. They’ve also been known to build their nests out of moss, lichens and grasses which are then lined with softer materials like animal hair, feathers or plant down for insulation.

In conclusion, the Hoary Redpoll is a fascinating little bird that’s well adapted to living in harsh Arctic environments. Its unique adaptations enable it to thrive despite extreme weather conditions and limited food sources during winter months. Next time you’re taking a hike through an alpine tundra or boreal forest area, keep your eyes peeled for this amazing bird!