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Conservation status: Amber

The Scottish crossbill is a chunky, thick-set finch with a large head and substantial bill. It is very difficult to distinguish from the other members of the crossbill family. It is the UK's only endemic bird species (ie one found nowhere else in the world).

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Overview

Latin name

Loxia scotica

Family

Finches (Fringillidae)

Where to see them

Confined to the Scots pine forests of the Scottish Highlands, both ancient Caledonian forest and new commercial plantations.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Pine seeds

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-6,800 pairs--

Distribution

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