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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.
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


[ˈkrɒsbɪl] Npiquituerto m común


[ˈkrɒsˌbɪl] n (Zool) → crociere m
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Morton Arboretum lived up to its hot spot reputation by contributing western kingbird, pileated woodpecker, summer tanager, blue grosbeak, yellow-throated warbler and red crossbill.
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1957) reported the red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) in Mexico from northern Baja California, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Guerrero, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Durango, Queretaro, Mexico, Distrito Federal, Morelos, San Luis Potosi, Puebla, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz.
Seeds of pines are eaten by game birds such as turkey and quail; songbirds such as Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, Car olina Chickadee, and Pine Warbler; and mammals such squirrels and mice (Martin, et al.
We used a boreal finch, the Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), in experiments to test the effect of spines on foraging rates, because crossbills forage on seeds in both closed and open cones (Benkman 1987a, b, Benkman and Lindholm 1991).
What scientists have regarded as a single species, the red crossbill, may in fact be eight separate species -- or even more, according to Benkman and Jeff Groth of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, both of whom have investigated crossbill taxonomy.
Here, we explore the consequences of seasonal fluctuations on the evolution of morphological traits related to foraging in the red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra).
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At times, the red crossbill, a bird that feeds only on conifer seeds, may depend solely on Table Mountain pine seeds.
Integration of environmental cues to time reproduction in an opportunistic breeder, the red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra).
Irruption or eruption, the phenomenon typically involves one or more of North America's "big eight" boreal seed-eaters: the common redpoll, pine siskin, purple finch, evening grosbeak, pine grosbeak, red crossbill, white-winged crossbill and red-breasted nuthatch.

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