Hoary Redpoll

Acanthis hornemanni
North American Range Map

The Hoary Redpoll, also known as the Arctic Redpoll, breeds in the tundra of northern North America. Many birds remain in the far north year-round, but some migrate short distances south in winter. They often travel in the company of Common Redpolls.

Taxonomists recognise two subspecies of Hoary Redpoll:

  • A. h. exilipes breeds in northern Eurasia from Norway, Sweden and Russia east to Bering Sea and in northern North America from Alaska east in Canada to the northern Yukon, Nunavut, and Manitoba. They spend winters in northern Europe and in Asia to northern China and Mongolia, and throughout Alaska, Canada, and southern Greenland.
  • A. h. hornemanni breeds in Northern Canada and Greenland. They spend winters south to central and northeast Canada, and northeast USA.

I so rarely encounter this species, I’m not confident in the bird’s identity. It may be a Common Redpoll.

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