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


(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


(ˈkrɔsˌbɪl, ˈkrɒs-)

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.
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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


[ˈkrɒsbɪl] Npiquituerto m común


[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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