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Parrot Crossbill

John Aitchison presents the parrot crossbill.

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

John Aitchison tells the story of the parrot crossbill. The Parrot Crossbill lives only in a few native pinewoods in Scotland. When they're at the top of pine trees a view of the Parrot Crossbill is tricky, so crossbill experts use the birds' calls to tell them apart from Common and Scottish Crossbills. Parrot crossbills have a deeper call than the others.

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Wed 7 Dec 2016 05:58

Parrot crossbill (Loxia pytyopstittacus)

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Image © Richard Stonier 2013


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