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Study says red carotenoids that give the Common Crossbill its red coloration are produced in the liver, not the skin.
By Joe Kosack, Wildlife Conservation Education Specialist, Pennsylvania Game Commission HARRISBURG, Pa., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The view out the window seems to be the same old, same old for many folks who feed songbirds over winter.
The crossbills are birds in the finch family Fringillidae. The one to five (or possibly many more) species are all in the genus Loxia. These birds are characterized by the mandibles crossing at their tips, which gives the group its English name. These birds are specialist feeders with a diet of conifer cones, and the unusual bill shape is an adaptation to assist the extraction of the seeds from the cone. They are typically found in higher northern hemisphere latitudes, where their food...
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