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Monday, 30 January 2012

EASTERN and PARROT CROSSBILLS

David Cooper very kindly sent me this link to a juvenile Eastern Common Crossbill trapped and ringed on Fair Isle in June 2005

See here

http://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/Sightings/2005/jun_2005.htm

This illustrates the variability in the size of Common Crossbill bills and the Sussex female is very similar in proportions and forehead shape

See
http://www.wildbirdgallery.com/images/birds/loxia_pytyopsittacus/pytyopsittacus.htm

A portfolio of Scandinavian Parrot Crossbills for comparison