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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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Those unique birds, crossbills also find conifer forest very much to their liking as do the minuscule goldcrests - our smallest native bird.
Parrot Crossbills are found in north east Europe and are prone to irruptions if there is a food shortage in their usual range but for them to reach the UK in any numbers is unusual.
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Look out for hen harriers, black grouse and crossbills and keep your eyes peeled for a red squirrel or an osprey.
Exciting sightings of crossbills, pine siskins, redpolls, and possibly evening grosbeaks -- irruptive species that visit us infrequently -- are indications of poor seed crops up north.
Seed handling ability, bill structure, and the cost of specialization for crossbills.
Two-barred crossbills - brightly coloured finches that feed on pine cone seeds - have made the long flight from their Scandinavian home to a parcel of the Wyre Forest, near the village of Buttonoak.
White pine seeds are eaten by birds such as crossbills, evening grosbeaks and red-breasted nuthatches, as well as three types of squirrels, chipmunks, and other small mammals.
The answer lies in food and for crossbills that means pine seeds, extracted from cones by the parents' specially-shaped bills.
The unofficial bird observatory on the Great Orme recorded ring ouzel, crossbills and several tree pipits over the weekend, while a whitethroat at Cemaes on 18th is one of very few reported so far.
A GOOD crop of Sitka spruce cones in Kielder Forest has seen the arrival of bumper numbers of crossbills.