Åland Post – Parrot Crossbill

Introduction

On 15 March 2023, Åland Post issued a single stamp featuring a fascinating bird, the Parrot Crossbill (Loxia pytyopsittacus) from the family of Finches and Euphonias and allies (Fringillidae), which comprises some 229 species.

This is the first time that Parrot Crossbill has appeared on a stamp.

The Parrot Crossbill resides in the countries of Scandinavia and in the three Baltic States.  There may also be an outpost of this bird in North Eastern Scotland.  It feeds primarily on seeds, buds and shoots of various trees and shrubs, including Scots pine, spruce, larch, alder, crowberry, bilberry.  In summer, the Parrot Crossbill also feeds on a variety of insects.

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