Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Code 4

BOWA

Code 6

BOMGAR

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bohemian Waxwing has an extremely large range that is estimated at 4,000,000 square kilometers in the Americas alone. It is found globally in most parts of Europe and Asia though is has been found in the United States and Canada. The bird prefers boreal or temperate forest habitats or artificial terrestrial areas. It has an estimated population of 2,800,000 individuals. While the global population trends have not been exacted, the species population is not believed to be approaching population decline thresholds that would garner inclusion on the IUCN Red List, thus giving it an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Bohemian Waxwing: Large waxwing with gray upperparts, pink-gray crest, black mask and chin, and gray underparts. The wings are black with a sharp yellow or white line and red spots on secondaries (visible when folded). Tail is dark and yellow-tipped with cinnamon-brown undertail coverts.


Range and Habitat

Bohemian Waxwing: Widespread throughout Europe, Asia, and North America from Alaska across northern Canada. Breeds in the northern regions of Alaska and Canada. Winters south of its breeding range across the southern territories and northern states. Preferred habitats include open and coniferous woodlands.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"scree", "zirrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Bohemian Waxwings are susceptible to intoxication and even death due to eating fermented berries.
  • In the common name, Bohemian refers to their nomadic life style in search of fruit and berries; Waxwing, refers to the bright red bead-like tips of the secondary feathers on its wings, which look like drops of sealing wax.
  • The genus name, Bombycilla, comes from the Latin Bombyx (silk) and cilla (tail) and refers to the silky-soft plumage of the bird, The species name garrulus means 'noisy' or 'quarrelsome.'
  • A group of waxwings are collectively known as an "ear-full" and a "museum" of waxwings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Bohemian Waxwing

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
CrestX
Tufts of feathers on the head of the bird.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X