31 January, 2010

White-winged Crossbill

Scientific Name: Loxia leucoptera

Population Estimate: 40M

Range / Habitat: It has two subspecies, White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera leucoptera in North America, and Two-barred Crossbill Loxia leucoptera bifasciata in NE Europe and N Asia.
This bird breeds in the coniferous forests of Alaska, Canada, northernmost USA and across Asia extending into northeast Europe.

Field Notes:
The Two-barred Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera), known as the White-winged Crossbill. . There are also white tips to the tertials. The adult male is also a somewhat brighter (pinker) red than other male crossbills. Some Common Crossbills occasionally show weak white wingbars, so care is needed with the correct identification of this species.

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