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White-winged Crossbill female 2

White-winged  Crossbill female 2
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Copyright: PETER TAMAS (sirianul) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 509] (3544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 600 mm f/4 II
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-17 18:10
Viewed: 2437
Points: 2
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Just from today in a local park near my home.

Male and female are quite different in plumage, and there are important colourís variations.

White-winged Crossbill adult male has bright pink body plumage. Wings are black with white-tipped tertials, and two conspicuous white wing bars. Tail is black. A broad black band crosses the back.
On the underparts, lower belly and undertail coverts are buffy-white. Flanks are brownish-grey. Underparts are pinkish, slightly streaked whitish.
Plumage is paler in winter.
Head is pink as body. Lores are blackish, and we can see a black crescent on the head sides.
The blackish bill is strong, down-curved, with crossed tips. It is very well adapted for extracting the seeds from the cones.
Eyes are dark brown to black. Legs and feet are blackish.
Female shows similar plumage pattern, but she has greenish body, mottled with yellowish-olive to greyish-green. The rump is pale yellow.
Underparts are greyish-olive, finely streaked with dark grey. Breast and body sides are tinged yellow.
Head is yellowish-olive, finely mottled with dark grey.
Wings and tail are similar to those of male.

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what a lovely face of pretty Crossbill and its great capture, with great details and exposure. superb colors. thanks for sharing Peter.
well done

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