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Merlin Bird ID

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    Red Crossbill Identification

    Adult Description

    • Stocky red or greenish finch.
    • Plain blackish wings.
    • Short, notched tail.
    • Thick, curved bill with crossed tips.

    Male Description

    Head and body deep brick red to reddish yellow, or greenish. Wing feathers blackish brown, without wingbars. Tail blackish brown.

    Female Description

    Uniformly olive or grayish, with greenish or greenish yellow chest and rump. Wing feathers blackish brown, without wingbars. Tail blackish brown.

    Immature Description

    Juvenile with heavy dark streaks on whitish chest. Back gray-brown tinged with pale green or brown. Rump yellowish with dark streaks. Thin buffy wingbars. Immature like adult female, but some males may be reddish or mixed red and yellow.
    Relative Size

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes