Twite (Carduelis flavirostris)
Shorebirds of Ireland with Jim Wilson.
Twite (Carduelis flavirostris) is a Red List species in Britain and Ireland, with local Biodiversity Action Plans to assist its conservation. The reasons behind its recent decline are not clear, but may be linked to climate change, habitat loss and poor breeding success. Twite is named after its call, and its similarity to Linnet has earned it local names of Moor Linnet and Heather Lintie.
Twite are confined to the West and North coasts of Ireland, and even then, are scarce. This individual was part of a flock of 72 birds at Termoncarragh, Belmullet, Co. Mayo.