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Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra


small bird with black and red feathers and crossed beak



No species ID suggestions


ThePinappleMan 6 years ago

Ok I will thanks

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

I do think Liam is correct, although I admit questioning it at first. But first photo you can see the beak. It is amazing how much this species varies in color photo is female). I would change the description on this to read, with a crossed beak, not with a short beak. That is confusing.

Liam 7 years ago

It does look like a Scarlet Tanager, but the male Scarlet Tanagers have already molted out of their brilliant red plumage and into their drab, yellow-greenish apparel. I can safely say that this is not a Scarlet Tanager nor a House Finch. House Finches would have white, brown-streaked bellied. This bird highly resembles a Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) to me, and that's what I put my vote on.

ThePinappleMan 7 years ago

Yeah it is correct

KarenL 7 years ago

Is the date of the spotting correct PineappleMan?

1Sarah2 7 years ago

I agree that the description sounds like a scarlet tanager. I discounted it as the range maps indicate that it should not be there at this time of year. I realize that the birds do not strictly keep to the maps, but with the early snows, it seems that they should have moved south.

KarenL 7 years ago

It looks far too red for a house finch which are predominantly brown with a red breast & head. As I can't make out too much from the photo, from your description & the color my best guess would scarlet tanager

1Sarah2 7 years ago

Possibly a house finch or a purple finch. Look at the comparison

Jackson Township, New Jersey, USA

Lat: 40.06, Long: -74.41

Spotted on Dec 11, 2011
Submitted on Dec 11, 2011

Spotted for mission

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