The White-winged Crossbills winter range typically extends from Labrador and
Newfoundland south to northern New England and northern New York, west to northern
Minnesota and central Canada to Alaska and south through British Columbia to western
Montana and northern Idaho. The map below shows the extent of the White-winged Crossbill
irruption so far this winter.
click on the bird of your choice to find out more information about that species.
Return to Main Page
Unedited reports of White-winged Crossbill through February 1998.
Click on the map to
see an animated version.
Wild food preferences of White-winged Crossbill
The primary wild food of White-winged Crossbills is conifer cones. The winter finch
survey is showing that this crossbill is most often found in areas of moderate to heavy
The 1997-98 Perspective:
- A major irruption of White-winged Crossbills has occurred in western Pennsylvania at
Cook State Forest. Reports indicate that the crossbills are feeding on an abundant hemlock
- The last major invasion of White-winged Crossbills into the mid-Atlantic States was 25
years ago in 1972.
- The last time White-winged Crossbills were observed in Delaware was 1988.
- More than 200 White-winged Crossbills were seen in one location in Massachusetts, and
- Tennessee had it third state record of White-winged Crossbill in December..
- A single White-winged Crossbill was reported from central Kansas, a region this species
has rarely ever visited.
|Listen to a recording of White-winged Crossbill from the Library of
Natural Sounds. The first two examples are of the song; it is followed by an example of
how they sound as a flock.
Copyright © 1997 BirdSource. All rights
Revised: March 25, 1998.