The Red Crossbill has a unique adaptation that sets it apart from other birds in the Finch family. They live in conifer forests and have beaks custom-made for accessing their favorite food: the seeds of conifer cones. Their beaks are criss-crossed to dig inside the cone grooves: they place the tips of their slightly open bills under a cone scale and bite down, then their crossed tips push the scale up, allowing them to sneak their tongue inside for tasty treats. The males are a rusty red or orange, while females can be a muted yellow or olive.
Fun fact: Red Crossbills breed at any time of year, whenever cones are plentiful.
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