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Crossbill Feeding Technique

Submitted by on December 17, 2010 – 10:47 amNo Comment

In this video from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, learn how a Crossbill uses its unique bill it extract hidden seeds.

I first came across this wonderful video from one of the people I follow on Twitter, Dick Cannings. He said:

The particular bird featured in the video is known as the White-winged Crossbill in North America. Although in Europe, it is referred to as the Two-barred Crossbill because of the two white bars on the birds wings. Out of all the birds in the world, this is just one of only five species that have these crossed bills.

Bird Diva also posted this video to her Tumblelog and wrote:

Cornell does a great job of capturing how the bill works, slowing down the video and zooming in.

I completely agree, they did a fantastic job! You can even see the little husks from the seeds being discarded away.

Nature is amazing!