from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of birds; the crossbills: synonymous with Loxia (which see). Scopoli, 1777. Also called Crucirostra.


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  • According to Esther del Val, from the National History Museum in Barcelona, Spain, and her team, the red carotenoids that give the common crossbill Loxia curvirostra its red coloration are produced in the liver, not the skin, as previously thought.

    Birds: Feather Color Is More Than Skin Deep | Impact Lab

  • Red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra), known primarily from high-latitude coniferous forests, reaches its southernmost extent in the Old World in the mountains of the Central Cordillera (the populations in Central America, notably Nicaragua, are further south).

    Luzon tropical pine forests

  • A crossbill (_loxia curvirostra_) was killed last year in this neighbourhood.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

  • (_Upopa epops_), crossbill (_Loxia curvirostra_), sheldrake (_Tadorna cornuta_), Guillemot [d] (_Lornvia troile_), Pallas 'sandgrouse (_Syrrhaptes paradoxus_), rock thrush (_Monticola saxatilis_), black redstart



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