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Traits: Medium-sized bird with slightly forked tail; bill crosses at tip; males are reddish, females are yellowish.

Habitat: Mature and old-growth conifer forests

Foods: Seeds of conifers, alders, birches, willows, poplars; also insects

Eaten by: Sharp-shinned hawks, boreal owls, saw-whet owls; squirrels may eat eggs and young.

Do You Know? Crossbills may nest almost any time of the year. They are nomadic.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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