|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Passeriformes Family: Fringillidae|
Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) is a local resident in Himalayas. Size: 17 cm
Identification: Large bill with crossed tips. Short, forked tail. Distinctive call note often given in flight. Most often found in pine trees. Male: Dull red head and body with blackish wings and tail. Female: Dull gray plumage with dull yellow crown, breast and rump. Juveniles resemble females but more heavily streaked.
Similar species: The Red Crossbill is similar to the White-winged Crossbill but lacks wing bars and has a larger bill.