Perching

Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra
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Length: 6 in. (16 cm )
Dependent on pine cones for food, the bizarre crossed bill of this species is used to deftly extract seeds from this otherwise difficult source of food. Because of their dependency on this single source of food, the populations of Red Crossbills are constantly wandering to find local eruptions of cones. Where they were common one year, they may be completely absent the next. They also nest opportunistically from late winter to early spring. The nest is made of twigs and placed on a high horizontal branch away from the trunk. The hatchlings are fed a regurgitated puree of pine cone seeds. This species is usually in small flocks year round.

The four-digit banding code is RECR.

Female | Robert Shantz


Fir forest

Oak-pine woodland
Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Red Crossbill
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: December 10, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-crossbill

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Red Crossbill. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved December 10, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-crossbill

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Red Crossbill". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-crossbill

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Dr. Biology. "Red Crossbill". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 10 Dec 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/red-crossbill

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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