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Red Crossbill -
(Loxia curvirostra)



  • Small songbird with crossbill beak
  • Male coloring varies from deep red to
  • Dark wing and tails
  • Female grey with dull green
  • 5.25-6.5" (13-16 cm)


  • Mixed coniferous forest

Additional Information

  • Uncommon, irregular winter visitor
  • Wisconsin species of special concern
  • Unique cross tip bill design allows
         eating of seed from pine cone
  • Breeds at various times of year,
         depending on cone production

Comparable Species

Red Crossbill high on the tree top

Female Red Crossbill hanging upside down 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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