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Two-Barred Crossbill Seen in Iceland

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Two-Barred Crossbill Seen in Iceland

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Photo: John Harrison/Wikimedia.

The two-barred crossbill was spotted in Iceland this week for the second time ever, RÚV reports. The bird species is not native to Iceland and has only been seen in the country once before, in August 2009 in Stöðvarfjörður, East Iceland.

The males have a red body and head, and black wings with two prominent white stripes. The females are yellow or green. The species is widespread across the northern hemisphere, breeding in coniferous forests in the northernmost United States, Canada, Asia, and northeast Scandinavia. They are mainly resident but are known to irrupt if their local food source fails.

The species was spotted on the Suðurnes peninsula in Southwest Iceland.

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