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Synonyms for crossbill

finch with a bill whose tips cross when closed

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The researchers examined the carotenoid content of the liver, blood, skin and feathers of seven common crossbills (finches) in which adult males display carotenoid-based coloration on the throat, breast and rump.
According to RSPB Scotland's Dr Ron Summers and colleagues in the north of Scotland, who have been carrying out research for the past six years, the Scottish crossbill's call and the size of its bill are offering clues that set it apart from the common crossbill and the parrot crossbill.
The common crossbill Loxia curvirostra in the Pyrenees: some observations on its habitats and on its relations with conifer seeds.
A NUMBER of rare Parrot and Two-barred Crossbills have been found among large flocks of Common Crossbills that have invaded Britain from Scandinavia in search of pine cone seeds.
These cousins to our common crossbills (croesbig) breed across Russia and are thought to only spread this far west when their favoured food source of larch fails to crop in their usual range.