Thick, curved bill with crossed tip
Long, pointed blackish brown wings
Short, notched, blackish brown tail
Brick red to reddish-yellow head and body
Uniformly olive or grayish plumage
Greenish or greenish-yellow chest and rump
Gray-brown back tinged with pale green
Heavy dark streaks on whitish chest
Yellowish rump with dark streaks
Thin, buffy wingbars
Listen to its call.
This adult female Red Crossbill caused a few smiles last week as it was a first for the banding station. The age of the bird was determined by its wrinkled brood patch. This is a patch of featherless skin that is visible on the underside of birds during the nesting season.
Learn more about the Red Crossbill.