Red Crossbills Year ’round

by Pat Jaquith
pat@westvalleynaturalists.org

Three Red Crossbills up on the roof 10.29.18

Red Crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) are a colorful lot that spend most of their time in the tops of conifer trees where they use their specialized bills to pry open the scales of the cones to retrieve seeds. If you’re fortunate enough to get to know these acrobatic little birds, they will show you many other aspects of their lives.

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