Red Crossbill

About the Red Crossbill

Also known as: American Crossbill, Common Crossbill, Balearic Crossbill, North African Crossbill, Corsican Crossbill, Luzon Crossbill, Annam Crossbill, Himalayan Crossbill, Sierra Crossbill, Rocky Mountain Crossbill, and other subspecies names
The Red Crossbill is a species of finch found in northern forests across parts of North America, Eurasia, and northern Africa. They can be recognized by their two namesakes: their reddish plumage in males (although this varies a lot, with orangish and reddish-tan plumages also possible), and their crossed mandibles.

Crossbills use their specialized bills to separate scales from pine cones and extract the seeds inside. There are several different sub-species of Red Crossbill, each of which has specialized in extracting the seeds from a particular species of coniferous tree. Examples of this are the Rocky Mountain Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra benti) that feds on Ponderosa Pine seeds, and the Himalayan Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra himalayensis) which feeds on Himalayan Hemlock.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 November 2020
Scientific Name
Loxia curvirostra
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Loxia
  • L. curvirostra
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.9 inches
10.6 to 11.4 inches
1.4 to 1.9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 红交嘴雀
Czech (Cesky) křivka obecná
Danish (Dansk) Lille Korsnæb
Dutch (Nederlands) Kruisbek
Finnish (Suomi) pikkukäpylintu
French (Français) Bec-croisé des sapins
German (Deutsch) Fichtenkreuzschnabel
Italian (Italiano) Crociere comune
Japanese (日本語) イスカ (isuka)
Korean (한국어) 솔잣새
Norwegian (Norsk) Grankrossnebb
Polish (Polski) krzyżodziób świerkowy
Portuguese (Português) Cruza-bico-comum
Russian (русский язык) Клёст-еловик
Spanish (Español) Piquitureto Común
Swedish (Svenska) Mindre korsnäbb
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