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Linnet: the linseed bird
The English name “linnet” derives from French meaning “the bird that hovers above linseed” (or flax the crop which produces linen and linseed). The linnet is a bird of the countryside and agricultural fields. They are mainly brown in colour, the males have distinctive red markings on the head and breast. The linet’s scientific name Carduelis cannabina comes from its fondness of another oilseed, hemp.