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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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A new sand and gravel quarry will be built near Nairn despite concerns the development could upset breeding capercaillies and common crossbills nearby.
All the woodland birds you would care to name are here, for it is one of those Highland edge places that accommodates, at least fleetingly, tribes from both north and south of that landscape frontier - from woodpeckers and flycatchers to crossbills and ospreys.
Crossbills were on the move at these locations too.
Crossbills live in evergreen forests surrounded by their favourite food - conifer seeds - and are already well under way with nesting.
The "chup-chup" calls of Crossbills carry across the quiet forest, the males in bright red plumage already feeding chicks hidden away in a nest ahead of us.
Those unique birds, crossbills also find conifer forest very much to their liking as do the minuscule goldcrests - our smallest native bird.
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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.
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.