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Common Crossbill

(Loxia curvirostra)
Alternate name(s): "Red Crossbill" (North America)
German name(s): "Fichtenkreuzschnabel"

Size: 15-17 cm; wing span 27-31 cm
Weight: 25-50 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Crossbill at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "curvirostra"



Frontal view of a female Common Crossbill prising open a pine cone (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, June 2017]

Near-lateral view of a female Common Crossbill in a pine tree (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, June 2017]

Food, Diet

Female Common Crossbill feeding on pine seeds (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Jabuka mountain, Serbia, June 2017]

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