Red Crossbill

Other Names: Common Crossbill

Distribution: northern conifer forests throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Red Crossbill distribution range map

Description:

Size: 15-17 cm in length with a 27-30 cm wingspan.

Plumage: The heavy, crossed bill and sharply forked tail gives the species its name. Males are generally orange to red, with dusky wings and tail. Females and juveniles are gray or olive, with juveniles being heavily streaked with dark brown on the undersides. The legs and eyes are black.

Species image
Red Crossbill

Red Crossbill

Bill Shape
cone
specialized
long billed
Eats
apple-slices
fruit
millet
peanut-kernels
safflower
suet
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
rounded-wings
Action
walking
Behavior
flocks
zigzag
Markings
eye
head
streaks
tailbands
wingbands
Sounds
chirping
clear
staccato
Location
ground dwelling
south in winter
Habitat
fir forest
oakpinewoodland
flats
Forests
Color
redororange
brown
yellow
rust
red
Body Shape
perching
Size
medium
small
Order
perching birds or songbirds - passeriformes
finches - fringillidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species