cross·​bill | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌbil How to pronounce crossbill (audio) \

Definition of crossbill

: any of a genus (Loxia of the family Fringillidae) of finches with curved mandibles that cross each other

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Recent Examples on the Web Hampshire County: Some notable sightings were a Connecticut warbler in Northampton, a green heron, a Tennessee warbler and a dickcissel in Hadley, and a brant and a white-winged crossbill at the Quabbin headquarters in Belchertown., 23 Oct. 2021 According to scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a single crossbill can eat 3,000 spruce seeds in a day. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Apr. 2021 Being seen are representatives from eight finch species: pine siskin, common redpoll, hoary redpoll, purple finch, pine grosbeak, evening grosbeak, red crossbill, and white-winged crossbill, plus red-breasted nuthatch. Star Tribune, 22 Dec. 2020 Surprises along the way might including sightings of a rare winter visitor, the red crossbill, as well as animal tracks in the snow, which Iwanicki will identify. Sheryl Devore,, 21 Dec. 2020 There were two swamp sparrows at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a red crossbill at Steepletop Reserve in New Marlborough, 105 red-winged blackbirds at Ashley Falls in Sheffield., 9 Feb. 2020 Two red crossbills were seen in Leominster, and an evening grosbeak was seen in Royalston., 13 July 2019 Red crossbills were reported at Plymouth Town Forest Conservation Area, Red Brook Wildlife Management Area, and Myles Standish State Forest., 16 June 2019 With luck, spot an elusive capercaillie, an endemic Scottish crossbill, or a magnificent golden eagle. National Geographic, 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of crossbill

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Crossbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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