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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SPOTTED A common crossbill feeding its young and, right, a black-headed gull, a common sight for pupils taking part in the Big Schools' Birdwatch
Washington, Apr 16 (ANI): Contrary to previous beliefs, the red carotenoids that provide the red colouration in the Common Crossbill is synthesised in the bird's liver and not its skin, according to a new study.
The bird was probably one of September's influx in the Northern Isles and has filtered down with flocks of common crossbill.