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twite (plural: twites)
  1. A small passerine bird, Carduelis flavirostris, that breeds in northern Europe and across central Asia.

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The Twite, Carduelis flavirostris, is a small passerine bird in the finch family Fringillidae.
This bird breeds in northern Europe and across central Asia. It is partially resident, but many birds migrate further south, or move to the coasts.
Treeless moorland is favoured for breeding. It builds its nest in a bush, laying 4-7 eggs.
This species can form large flocks outside the breeding season, sometimes mixed with other finches on coasts and salt marshes. The food is seeds.
It is similar in size and shape to a Linnet, but lacks the red head patch and breast shown by that species and the redpolls. It is brown streaked with black above, with a pink rump. The underparts buff to whitish, streaked with brown. The conical bill is yellow in winter and grey in summer.
The call is a distinctive "twit", and the song contains fast trills and twitters.


  • Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern

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twite in Bulgarian: Жълтоклюно конопарче
twite in Czech: Konopka žlutozobá
twite in German: Berghänfling
twite in Spanish: Carduelis flavirostris
twite in French: Linotte à bec jaune
twite in Croatian: Gorska juričica
twite in Italian: Carduelis flavirostris
twite in Lithuanian: Geltonsnapis čivylis
twite in Hungarian: Sárgacsőrű kenderike
twite in Dutch: Frater (vogel)
twite in Norwegian: Bergirisk
twite in Norwegian Nynorsk: Bergirisk
twite in Polish: Rzepołuch
twite in Finnish: Vuorihemppo
twite in Swedish: Vinterhämpling
twite in Turkish: Sarı gagalı keten kuşu
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