White-winged Crossbill

About the White-winged Crossbill

Also known as: Two-barred Crossbill
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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 27 November 2020
Scientific Name
Loxia leucoptera
  • Passeriformes
  • Fringillidae
  • Loxia
  • L. leucoptera
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
5.9 to 6.7 inches
10.2 to 11 inches
.8 to .9 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白翅交嘴雀
Czech (Cesky) křivka bělokřídlá
Danish (Dansk) Hvidvinget korsnæb
Dutch (Nederlands) Witbandkruisbek
Finnish (Suomi) kirjosiipikäpylintu
French (Français) Bec-croisé bifascié
German (Deutsch) Bindenkreuzschnabel
Italian (Italiano) Crociere fasciato
Japanese (日本語) ナキイスカ (nakiisuka)
Korean (한국어) 흰죽지솔잣새
Norwegian (Norsk) Båndkorsnebb
Polish (Polski) krzyżodziób modrzewiowy
Portuguese (Português) Cruza-bico-franjado
Russian (русский язык) Белокрылый клёст
Spanish (Español) Piquituerto Aliblanco
Swedish (Svenska) bändelkorsnäbb
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