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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Adult male

General Description: Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) are finches of the high mountains with funny crossed bills -- the lower mandible curves up, while the upper mandible hooks down, and the two cross each other. Adult males are dark red overall with blackish wings. Females are yellow overall with blackish wings. Juvenile birds are pale with a streaked breast.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Fringillidae, Carduelinae.

Favored Habitat: High-elevation mountain forests with pine and fir trees.

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Adult female

Where to Find: Mt. Charleston, high in the Sheep Range, and other high mountain areas.

Comments: Red Crossbill eat pine seeds, and their bills are adapted for prying open pine cones so they can extract the seed with their tongue.

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) If you were a pine seed, you'd better hope you never see this face!
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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Young birds are all yellow, like adult females, but as males age ...
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
... they mold into their adult plumage
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Juvenile male getting adult plumage
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Juvenile male getting adult plumage
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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Bathing with friends
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Taking a bath
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Getting started with a bath
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Getting pretty wet
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
Getting very wet
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)
This bird was so wet it could hardly get off the ground to fly
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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