How to identify

The Crossbill is a chunky finch with a large head and bill which is crossed over at the tips. This crossed bill is used to extract seeds from conifer cones. They are most often found in noisy family groups or larger flocks, usually flying close to treetop height. It flutters from cone to cone as it feeds. Adult males are a distinctive brick-red and females greenish-brown. It is a Schedule 1 species.



Ruud van Beusekom / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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