Red Crossbills

April 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Red, Yellow, and GreenRed, Yellow, and GreenSubject- Red Crossbill
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Continuing with bird week as we lead up to the opening day of Yellowstone National Park, this species has become one of my favorites.  I was never much of a bird watcher until I noticed these colorful and charismatic creatures.  While their name, Red Crossbill, would imply they are all red, they actually come in a variety of colors including variations of red, orange, and yellow.

Just Hangin' OutJust Hangin' OutSubject- Red Crossbill
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As with most birds that frequent Yellowstone, crossbills are seed eaters and they use their oddly formed beaks to get to pine seeds.  And sometimes getting to the best pine seeds requires hanging upside down.  As seen below, they get their name from the shape of the bills, which cross over the top and bottom.

Bird with a Crossed BillBird with a Crossed BillSubject- Red Crossbill Image is copyrighted and cannot be used for any reason without expressed written consent by Steve Hinch


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