Nature Journal
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Red Crossbill Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Large bill with crossed tips
- Short, forked tail
- Distinctive call note often given in flight
- Most often found in pine trees
- Often found in flocks

- Dull red head and body
- Blackish wings and tail

- Dull gray plumage
- Dull yellow crown, breast and rump
- Juveniles resemble females but more heavily streaked

Similar species
The Red Crossbill is similar to the White-winged Crossbill but lacks wing bars and has a larger bill.
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