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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.
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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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Evolutionary differentiation in morphology, vocalizations, and allozymes among nomadic sibling species in the North American red crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) complex.
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maculatus R 0.28 (hibrido) Pipilo fuscus R 0.09 Spizella passerina R 0.75 Melospiza lincolnii M 2.62 Junco phaeonotus R 0.28 Cardinalidae Pheucticus ludovicianus T 0.19 Pheucticus R 1.97 melanocephalus Passerina cyanea M 0.19 Passerina versicolor R 0.47 Icteridae Quiscalus mexicanus R 5.25 Molothrus aeneus R 0.66 Icterus cucullatus M 0.09 Icterus bullockii M 0.47 Icterus galbula M 0.09 Icterus abeillei R E 0.28 Fringillidae Carpodacus mexicanus R 0.47 Loxia curvirostra R 0.09 Carduelis notata R 0.56 Carduelis psaltria R 0.37 Familia Passeridae Passer domesticus I 0.28 Medio de NOM Dist.
Local migrations in search of food are especially typical of birds that are specialized feeders, such as crossbills (Loxia, family Fringillidae).
The species Loxia curvirostra has long been considered to consist of a number of ill-defined subspecies (see Griscom 1937, Monson and Phillips 1981, Dickerman 1987, Groth 1988, 1993), separated (ambiguously) by bill and body size, plumage, and collection locality.
(LB 269-74; The mighty oracle of Loxias will surely not betray me: it ordered me to drive through this danger, crying aloud many things, and predicting winter storms of ruin upon my hot heart, if I did not pursue those guilty of my father's death and serve them their turn, meaning, kill them in revenge) He also mentions the gods below, the Earth, and his father's tomb (LB 405ff; 540ff).
Example 4 (on the following four pages), from scene 6 of Prometheus, features a large part of the sung and declaimed monologue of Io, as she describes her night visions to Prometheus, and relates to him the prophecy of the oracle of Loxias. (6) The chorus then laments her hapless state in intense chromatic harmony.
To the South, the predominant species are typical of the Tropical Eastern Pacific, such as Bellator loxias, Porichthys analis, Ancylopsetta dendritica, Aluterus monoceros, Trinectes fimbriatus, Diplectrum macropoma, Urotrygon munda and Paralonchurus rathbuni.
Loxias, would dismiss this as unworthy because art to him means adventure stories, giving credit to such an adventure story which only appears as such in an ordinarily dull life.