Today we start our 2020 Birdorable Bonanza with a bang! Actually… make that an IRRUPTION! We’re kicking off 29 days of new birds by dropping four finches in this “finch invasion” winter season. A bright spot in 2020, many birders are... Read more »
The White-winged Crossbill is a species of finch with a very special bill shape. The ends of the mandibles are crossed. They use their unique bills to feed on pinecone seeds.
White-winged Crossbills are found in forest habitats across northern parts of North America and Eurasia. As their supply of food, pine seeds, varies across their range depending on temperature and other growing conditions, these gregarious birds are somewhat nomadic. Their opportunistic feeding habit leads them to be opportunistic breeders; they will nest anytime when food availability allows.