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Common Redpoll 
Traits: Small bird with red spot on forehead, stout body, cone-shaped bill

Habitat: Tall shrub thickets, mixed broadleaf-conifer forests; nests in alder or willow shrubs.

Foods: Seeds of birch, willow, aspen, alder and other plants; also insects in summer

Eaten by: Merlins, boreal and short-eared owls, sharp-shinned hawks, shrikes; weasels and squirrels may prey on eggs.

Do You Know? Redpolls store food in throat pouches on the back of their necks to digest during long winter nights. They are nomadic, moving from place to place.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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