Among them, the group of three small brown species – Common Linnet, Twite and Lesser Redpoll – can, however, sometimes cause identification difficulties. In Britain Common Linnet breeds in open country with bushes and is particularly associated with heathland. Twite is similar in size and structure to Common Linnet, although it is a little smaller headed and longer tailed. This female Common Linnet resembles the male but is much more drab and streaky, with the rich colours much subdued. This juvenile finch looks typically soft and fluffy, but the slightly large-headed and short-tailed structure immediately suggest a Common Linnet.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 08, 2021 14:47 UTC