crossbill


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Insectivores such as winter wrens tend to occupy the lower canopy, he has learned, while seed-eaters such as the red crossbill keep to the uppermost branches, where cones are plentiful.
A surprising number of the vagrants were seen on the densely grass-covered slopes above the west murre colony (great blue heron, common snipe, varied thrush, ruby-crowned kinglet, rusty blackbird, yellow-headed blackbird, dark-eyed junco, and white-winged crossbill).
| Two Hooded Crows were on Anglesey's Carmel Head on Sunday, with autumn migration evident by a count of over 50 Skylarks and a Crossbill.
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
Also, keep your eyes peeled for red squirrel, red deer, pine martens and rare birds including the Scottish crossbill and capercaillie.
Opinion has long held the Scottish crossbill to be a breed apart from similar species found in the UK and in other countries.
This assay has been used successfully to measure LH in a wide variety of birds, and inhibition curves using serial dilutions of crossbill plasma exactly parallel standard curves (T.
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.
Roeddwn i'n medru clywed 'tsip-tsip-tsip' y gylfingroes (Loxia curvirostra; Crossbill) yn galw o'r pellter yn y coed ond fel arall, doedd 'na ddim smic.
These changes will create habitats that can support many declining species - including birds like merlin, nightjar and crossbill. Working with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, we've created several ponds that are now being used by water voles.
Crossbill's nature guide series are produced by the Crossbill Guides Foundation, a Europe-wide conservation organisation that aims to increase public awareness and appreciation of some of the Continents' best natural heritage.