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White-winged Crossbill
Loxia leucoptera

Finch-like Birds
Finch-like Birds (Fringillidae)

Size: Length: 15-17 cm

Description: Also a year-round resident in the Rockies, the white-winged crossbill is visually similar to the red crossbill with the exception of two white wing bars. It is also more common. The males are reddish overall, with dark wings and tail. Females are more olive-gray with dusky banding. The rump and belly are dull yellow. The wings and tail are black, with two white bands in the wing. They eat seeds, cones, buds and insects. Nests are in conifers. Look for them in a variety of coniferous forests, preferring dark, closed mature stands of spruce. The call is quite different from the red crossbill, a series of trilling notes, reminiscent of the call of a belted kingfisher. It has a second call composed of a short call series of "chew-chew-chew".

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