Males are brick red or red-orange with a gray wash on the lores and auriculars, and some gray may show on the flanks. It has a distinctive crossed bill and forked tail; males are brick-red, females olive-green, with a yellow rump. Common crossbills are heavy … It regularly comes down to pools to drink. Males are brick-red and have black wings, while females are greenish-yellow, also with black wings. Males have a bright red head, while females are a yellowish-green with hints of grey. Males have bright red plumage, whereas females are a yellowish-green. The crossbill are an irruptive species and may be numerous and widespread in some years, less so in others. Established breeding areas include the Scottish Highlands, the North Norfolk coast, Breckland, the New Forest and the Forest of Dean. Red Crossbill Identification These large finches have a stocky build and a proportionally large head with a thick neck.

Juveniles are streaked brown. They have very specialized, crossed bills and their wings are long and pointed. The wings are black and the notched tail is black-brown. The crossbill’s distinctive feature is its thick, powerful beak that crosses at the tips. Red crossbills are small passerines in the finch family of Fringillidae, in Eurasia called the common crossbill. The common crossbill is difficult to spot as it spends most of its time at the top of pine trees.