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crossbill,

bird of the genus Loxia, in the finchfinch,
common name for members of the Fringillidae, the largest family of birds (including over half the known species), found in most parts of the world except Australia.
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 family. Its bill, crossed at the tips, is specialized for pulling apart pine cones and picking out the seeds. Crossbills are found in the evergreen forests of the Northern Hemisphere, as far south as NW Africa and Guatemala. Two species occur in the United States. The red crossbill (L. curvirostra) is found in Europe and in N and central Asia as well as in North America. Males have orange to dull red plumage, with black wings. The white-winged crossbill (L. leucoptera) occurs in northern Russia and in North America; the male of this species is rosy red and both sexes are marked with white wing bars. Females of both species are olive-gray and yellow; they lay three to four pale green, brown-spotted eggs, in well-formed nests built in trees. Crossbills are not considered migratory, but they shift their breeding grounds erratically, probably in response to the availability of pine cones. Sometimes they suddenly appear in large numbers in areas where they were formerly rarely seen. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Fringillidae.

crossbill

any of various widely distributed finches of the genus Loxia, such as L. curvirostra, that occur in coniferous woods and have a bill with crossed mandible tips for feeding on conifer seeds
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The common crossbill Loxia curvirostra in the Pyrenees: some observations on its habitats and on its relations with conifer seeds.
Integration of photoperiodic and food cues to time changes in reproductive physiology by an opportunistic breeder, the red crossbill, Loxia curvirostra (Aves: Carduelinae).
The races of red crossbill, Loxia curvirostra, in Arizona.
Loxias himself, as the editor of the author's narrative, has an indeterminate identity suggested even by his name (a licentious combination from the Latin verb locvor, to speak) very much similar to the perversity in Joyce's Ulysses.
En la pitica undecima la mencion del vencedor y su circunstancia se produce despues de la invocacion a las agentes del canto que Loxias supuestamente pide, canto que, tan solo insinuado y prometido, aterriza en el reconocimiento que el epinicio en marcha le debe al vencedor Trasideo, que ha vencido en un certamen cuya localizacion remite a Pilades, figura que a su vez evoca a Orestes, cuya presencia en tal entorno motiva el decir que inicia la siguiente triada.
Loxias, third to Ange Gabriel in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, represents France, while Dano-Mast, third in last year's Hong Kong Cup, goes for Denmark.
Andre Fabre stable, while Loxias chases a third course-and-distance success, having recently been awarded the Prix Jean de Chaudenay on the disqualification of
MILLENARY finished first past the post in yesterday's Prix Jean de Chaudenay at Saint-Cloud, but lost the race to runner-up Loxias following an objection and a stewards' inquiry.
Pat Eddery tried everything he could to keep the 2000 St Leger winner straight in the final stages, but he could not stop the six-year-old leaning on Loxias during the final furlong and a half.
Keltos is a half-brother to French stakes winners Iridanos and Loxias.
Mr Dinos, a 13-10 chance, was just shaded for favouritism by Loxias, who ran no kind of race and was virtually pulled up before finishing last of the five runners.
To stud at 4 and dam of: Iridanos (1996 c by Sabrehill; Listed winner, Gr3-placed), Kresna (1997 f by Distant Relative; winner in Greece), Keltos (1998 c by Kendor; Gr1 winner), Loxias (1999 f by Saumarez; unraced), Krataios (2000 c by Sabrehill).