ConiferousCone-bearing, with needle-like rather than blade-like leaves. It is not the converse of deciduous, because some conifers, for example the larch, are deciduous, but it is the converse of broad-leaved. Most British coniferous woods are plantations of exotic trees. A few birds are particularly associated with conifers, examples being the Coal Tit Parus ater and the crossbills (genus Loxia).
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From Peter Weaver's Birdwatcher's Dictionary
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