Hispaniolan Crossbill Loxia megaplaga Banks et al. (2003)
Appearance: Medium-sized finch red (males) to yellow (females) finch with distinctive mandibles curved and crossed at the tip.
Natural History: Non-migratory and resident to the island of Hispaniola. Primarily eats seeds of Hispaniolan pine (Pinus occidentalis). Flight call a a dry or wooden chit–chit–chit. Endangered and rare in high-elevation pine forests of Hispaniola. Available habitat is decreasing as a result of fire, logging, and conversion of land to agriculture.
Object of study: – Conservation efforts!
Known call types (flight call):
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FiRN needs: Recordings from the entire distribution area would be appreciated.