Length, wingspan: 6.25″, 11″
What they eat: Seeds of conifers, fruits
Habitat: Forests, woodlands
Plants that attract: Conifers with cones and fleshy fruits such as crabapples
Where they nest: Coniferous trees
My observations: Crossbills are a type of finch with an unusual crossing beak that allows them to pull seeds out of the cones of conifers. They will also eat sunflower seeds. The Crossbill in this photo decided to sit in one of our crabapple trees while enjoying a sunny winter’s day; it was amazingly good-natured about letting me take photos. Since they’re called Red Crossbills, you might think I’ve posted the wrong photo for this profile, but this really is the right bird: the females are gold in color while the males have red plumage. I haven’t seen a red one to photograph just yet, though!
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