Fairly common but easily overlooked. Breeds on northern moorland and windswept heathland. Like other finches, often forms flocks in autumn and winter, when often found along coasts, on open saltings and beaches; does not visit garden feeders. Plumage streaky brownish overall, but note warm buffy tones (especially in autumn–winter) and pale bill (grayish in summer, yellowish in winter). Male has distinctive pale pink rump, usually covered by wings when perched. Compare with much commoner Eurasian Linnet.