Key information: The Red Crossbill takes its name from the shape of its specialized beak, which allows it to extract seeds from the pine cones. Their call notes are sharp and metallic, and the birds usually occur in chattering flocks near the tops of trees. The black pine forests of Troodos Mountains are the only place in Cyprus where the Red Crossbill breeds. The female is yellowish-grey.
Length: 15 – 17 cm
Habitat: Mountains and forests
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Pine cone seeds
In Cyprus: Can be seen at Troodos Mountains
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis