Common Crossbill Loxia curvirostra

Common Crossbill
Common Crossbill male
Common Crossbill female
The Common Crossbill, also called the Red Crossbill in America, is a heavy finch native to pine forests of Eurasia and North America. Like other Crossbills, the male is red and the female is brown, in this species a yellowy or greeny brown. The large crossed bill is a special tool for extracting pine nuts from the cones. The photos are from Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan and are likely to be the Tien Shan subspecies.