a) “Poll” has its origin in a word meaning “head” or “top,” referring to the bird’s ruby red crown.
b) John James Audubon named the species where he first found it: Redpoll, New York.
c) The name comes from the Ojibwa name for the species, reed-PU-wah.
d) The species nests most commonly in the Acadian redpoll bush.
Answer: a) “Poll” refers to the bird’s ruby red crown.
Did you know? Common redpolls nest throughout Alaska and northern Canada, but typically spend winters across southern Canada and across the northern tier of states, including the northern Plains and Midwest.
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Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Each bird encountered is like a little puzzle or mystery to solve, because, while birds of a single species all share a certain set of physical traits, no two individual birds, like no two individual humans, are exactly alike.