A male stretching the wing, on the ground.

A male stretching the wing, on the ground.
Species: Common Linnet   Linaria cannabina
Subspecies: cannabina
Author: Hanne and Jens Eriksen
Added to IBC: 12 Aug 2012 - 09:13
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Altitude (m): 
7 meters


Published in HBW Volume 15 on page 465.
Original HBW caption:
In comfort and maintenance behaviour, such as wing-stretching, the Common Linnet and other members of the family are typical passerines. Young fringillids begin to develop this behaviour at a very early age. Common Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) make their first preening movements at just five days old, before they have any plumage to preen. By nine days old they are preening efficiently, drawing their sprouting primaries through the bill, and paying attention to their breasts and flanks, in sessions of up to 30 seconds. Wing-flapping and wing-stretching begin at about eight days old.

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Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005298. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005298.

Extended version
Hanne and Jens Eriksen, IBC1005298. Photo of Common Linnet Linaria cannabina at Skjern, Denmark. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1005298.

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