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 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, "This winter looks to be a banner year for irruptive boreal birds," 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,, "Lake County region offers opportunities for outdoor ice skating, hiking," 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., "Bird sightings," 9 Feb. 2020 Two red crossbills were seen in Leominster, and an evening grosbeak was seen in Royalston., "Bird sightings across the region," 13 July 2019 Red crossbills were reported at Plymouth Town Forest Conservation Area, Red Brook Wildlife Management Area, and Myles Standish State Forest., "Bird sightings across the region," 16 June 2019 With luck, spot an elusive capercaillie, an endemic Scottish crossbill, or a magnificent golden eagle. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Pairs of red crossbills were reported in Harwich and Wellfleet, and an unprecedented June record of evening grosbeak was photographed at a feeder in Wellfleet., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 11 June 2019 Meanwhile, the irruptive species—birds who irregularly migrate—like crossbills, redpolls, grosbeaks, and purple finches stayed north, resulting in lower talleys for the annual count in most of the United States. Mika Mckinnon, Smithsonian, "Birdwatch for Science this Holiday Season," 15 Dec. 2017

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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 18 Jan. 2021.

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