crossbill

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cross·bill

 (krôs′bĭl′, krŏs′-)
n.
Any of various finches of the genus Loxia, having curved mandibles with narrow tips that cross when the bill is closed.

crossbill

(ˈkrɒsˌbɪl)
n
(Animals) any of various widely distributed finches of the genus Loxia, such as L. curvirostra, that occur in coniferous woods and have a bill with crossed mandible tips for feeding on conifer seeds

cross•bill

(ˈkrɔsˌbɪl, ˈkrɒs-)

n.
any bird of the genus Loxia (family Fringillidae), of coniferous forests of the Northern Hemisphere, having a bill with crossed tips used to extract seeds from cones.
[1665–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crossbill - finch with a bill whose tips cross when closedcrossbill - finch with a bill whose tips cross when closed
finch - any of numerous small songbirds with short stout bills adapted for crushing seeds
genus Loxia, Loxia - crossbill
Translations

crossbill

[ˈkrɒsbɪl] Npiquituerto m común

crossbill

[ˈkrɒsˌbɪl] n (Zool) → crociere m
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But ''good'' birds included 4 white-winged crossbills, 2 red crossbills, an evening grosbeak, a fox sparrow, 8 winter wrens, a merlin, 7 pileated woodpeckers, 2 saw-whet owls and 2 red-shouldered hawks.
2003) reported a case of coevolutionary interactions between a non-migratory population of Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta spp.
During a visit to the area (24 [degrees]52'17"N, 100 [degrees]13'53"W) on 17 December 2006, six pairs of adult red crossbills were observed in a snow-covered pine forest at an elevation of 3,722 m.

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