Parrot Crossbill

Loxia pytyopsittacus

Parrot Crossbill

Parrot Crossbill

Quick Facts

Classification

Scientific name:

Loxia pytyopsittacus

Family:

Finches

Conservation status:

Amber

Measurements

Length:

16cm to 18cm

Wingspan:

30cm to 34cm

Weight:

48g to 61g

About the Parrot Crossbill

The parrot crossbill is a large and powerful member of the finch family, extremely similar to the crossbill and Scottish crossbill. They have a similar bill structure to both of these birds, but have a call that is much deeper and distinctive - this is the best way to separate them.

Males are orange to red colour with darkish wings and tails. Females are grey or olive-green in colour. Both have sharp forked tails and parrot-like bills.

The parrot crossbill flared up in Britain after the corn crop failure in parts of Europe and has bred away from Abernethy Forest where they have a stronghold.

What does a Parrot Crossbill eat?

Their diets consist of conifer seeds, mainly pine. In the breeding season they'll eat insects too.

Learn more about the Parrot Crossbill

Other birds in the Finches family

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