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White-winged Crossbill Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Bill with crossed tips
- White wing bars
- Short, forked tail
- Distinctive call note often given in flight
- Most often found in coniferous trees
- Often found in flocks

- Red head and body
- Blackish wings and tail

- Dull gray plumage
- Dull yellow crown, breast and rump
- Dark streaks on breast
- Juvenile resembles female but is more heavily streaked

Similar species
The Red Crossbill is similar to the White-winged Crossbill but lacks wing bars and has a larger bill.
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