Common Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra

(L. c. guillemardi)

Armenian Name: Եղևնու խաչկտուց
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Common Crossbill

See Plate 57 for Common Crossbill and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Rare
Length:16.5 cm, Wing Span:27-30.5 cm
Distribution Map: Map 326.
Description: Unique in having a bill with the long tips crossed.
Adult: Male is largely red. Female is gray-green with yellowish rump and occasionally a few red or orange feathers.
Juvenile: Yellowish-brown with extensive brown streaks.
Immature: Immature males can show extensive orange and/or green.
Behavior: Gregarious; usually found in small family groups. Breeds in late winter and early spring. Feeds high in trees, using bill to separate scales of cones.
Habitat: Mature coniferous forest.
Food: Seeds, mostly of conifers; some invertebrates.
Nest: Platform of twigs in top of conifer.
Eggs: 22 mm, 3-4, bluish-white, purplish spots.