Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus)

The largest (only just) of the Crossbills likely to be seen in the UK. The bill is the key distinguishing feature being deeper and proportionately shorter - hence Parrot shaped! The mandibles do not obviously cross as they do in Common/Scottish Crossbills.Two images from my only encounter with this species - at a puddle in Abernethy forest, (Highland) during May 2009.

Parrot Crossbill male Abernethy 31 5 09 IMG_5415

Parrot Crossbill

Parrot Crossbill male Abernethy 31 5 09 IMG_5419

Parrot Crossbill

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