Crossbills

Here in northern Minnesota there are 2 species of Crossbill. The White-winged Crossbill and the Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill

Red Crossbill

The male in both species is colored red. The White-winged is more of a rosy red while the Red Crossbill is more of a brick red. Both species have the distinctive crossed bill which they use to extract seeds from the cones of conifer trees.

The females are not red, but are mostly a rusty greenish, yellow color. There are many variations in the females and first year males.

female White-winged Crossbill

 

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