Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra)


Flight Call: Repeated kip ... kip ... kip .... There are at least 10 recognized types of Red Crossbills, all with distinctive flight calls. Types 1-4 and 10 would be the expected types in Wisconsin.



Red Crossbill flight calls, Type 3, August 12, 2012. Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.

Song: A variable series of chips, whistles, clicks and buzzes.



Red Crossbill song. Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.


Further Reading


Sibley Guides: Red Crossbill call types act like species

Crossbill Audiovisual Guide

eBird: Introduction to Differences in Crossbill Vocalizations