Family Finches (Fringillidae)

Endangered

Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga)


Taxonomy

French: Bec-croisé d’Hispaniola German: Hispaniolakreuzschnabel Spanish: Piquituerto de La Española
Taxonomy:

Loxia megaplaga

Riley

, 1916,

El Río, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Santo Domingo

.

Previously considered conspecific with L. leucoptera, but differs in plumage details; recent genetic analysis indicates that the two are better treated as separate species. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Mountains of Hispaniola.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 26·7–30·4 g. Medium-sized, short-legged finch with broad white wingbars, large crossed mandibles and forked tail. Male has forehead to crown and... read more

Voice

Calls include high-pitched series of strident "chu-chu-chu-chu" notes, frequently noisy... read more

Habitat

Montane pine forests, principally of Hispaniolan pine (Pinus occidentalis), also open... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well studied. Apparently closely tied to Hispaniolan pine, seeds of which it extracts from cones, utilizing large bill. Forages at... read more

Breeding

Season Dec–Apr. Nest a deep compact cup of twigs, plant fibres, roots, moss, lichens, bark strips, grass, animal hair and feathers,... read more

Movements

Resident and locally nomadic; wanders in search of feeding areas. Vagrant in Jamaica, where at... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Hispaniola EBA. Uncommon to locally common or scarce. Has a tiny and fragmented global range extent of which is still... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Hispaniolan Crossbill (Loxia megaplaga). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61412 on 23 June 2018).