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This Month in the Newton Conservators Almanac

December

 
 
Photo by Pete Gilmore

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, Loxia leucoptera

The White-winged Crossbill is an occasional winter visitor to the Newton area. It uses its crossed mandibles to pry open cones of spruce and hemlock, extracting seeds with its tongue. It also feeds on the ground to tackle fallen cones. They move around in small flocks, and the two white wing-bars allow one to distinguish this species from the more plainly colored red crossbills.

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