Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra
Red Crossbill specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Irregular winter visitor from October to June; generally rare, common in certain years. Found in stands of conifers. The female is greenish; the male, red. The tips of the bill are crossed: an adaptation for extracting seeds from pine cones.

Specimen Information

The bird on the left is a female.  A male is in the center and a juvenile is on the right.