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TITLE
Crossbills feeding young, Scottish Highlands
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_CROSSBILLS
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1882
KEYWORDS
ornithology
bird watching
audio

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The crossbill is a member of the finch family of birds, most often encountered in family groups flying close to treetop heights. In the Scottish Highlands, one of the bird's established breeding areas, the crossbill favours the mature Scots pine.

Crossbills have specially evolved bills, crossed over at the tips for extracting seeds from pines. They feed acrobatically and flutter from cone to cone. Adult males are a distinctive brick-red colour while the females are greenish-brown.

In this short audio extract, a pair of crossbills are feeding their young at a nest, high up in a Scots pine in the Scottish Highlands

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Crossbills feeding young, Scottish Highlands

1980s; 1990s

ornithology; bird watching; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Bird Watching

The crossbill is a member of the finch family of birds, most often encountered in family groups flying close to treetop heights. In the Scottish Highlands, one of the bird's established breeding areas, the crossbill favours the mature Scots pine. <br /> <br /> Crossbills have specially evolved bills, crossed over at the tips for extracting seeds from pines. They feed acrobatically and flutter from cone to cone. Adult males are a distinctive brick-red colour while the females are greenish-brown. <br /> <br /> In this short audio extract, a pair of crossbills are feeding their young at a nest, high up in a Scots pine in the Scottish Highlands