Statistics: Body length 16.5cm, wingspan 27.5-31.5cm, weight 36.5-49g.
Physical Description: Sparrow-sized member of the finch family with the
eponymous crossed mandibles. The bill size is intermediate between the common
crossbill and parrot crossbill. The male has a bright orange-red, brick-coloured
plumage, while the female is a dull green-yellow.
Scottish Distribution: Caledonian pinewoods and conifer plantations over
100 years old.
Habitat: Caledonian pinewoods and conifer plantations over 100 years old.
Diet: Almost exclusively seeds of Scots pine. Some small insects taken
in breeding season.