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The Two-barred Crossbill is a scarce visitor to Britain, but in recent weeks the Forest of Dean has played host to a flock. Two-barred Crossbill have a strong preference for Larch, and it is in Larch that I've observed them on two occasions, both times in the company of Common Crossbills. Whilst their colours are comparable with the Common variety (red/pink male, green/yellow female), their most obvious distinguishing feature is the white wing bars.