WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The small, drab, peach-faced, pink-rumped Twite is the upland, northern equivalent of the Linnet. It’s one of those birds which takes its name from its voice. Like the Cuckoo, Curlew and Hoopoe, the Twite is named onomatopoeically from its most common and distinctive call, a nasal, twanging ‘twite’. Listen for them in winter, as they spread down from their breeding areas to winter mainly in coastal marshes and also similar habitats.