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Bohemian Waxwing Description


There are 3 species of Waxwings:
      - Japanese Waxwing
      - Cedar Waxwing
      - Bohemian Waxwing

The Bohemian Waxwing is the largest of the 3, with an average adult size of 20 cm (8 inches), and a wingspan of approximately 30 cm (12 inches).

Its plumage is grey, with white, yellow, red and black color scheme near the tip of the wings. Males and females are very similar in appearance.

By contrast, the Cedar Waxwing has a slightly darker plumage, and does not have the white, yellow and black patterns on the wings.









Waxwing Flock



A flock of Bohemian Waxwings in the dead of the winter. They congregate in large flocks and eat berries on frozen trees.









Bohemian Waxwing Habitat








While the Cedar Waxwings are commonly found in the continental United States, the Bohemian Waxwings can be found in the subarctic latitudes of Alaska, Europe and Asia. The Japanese Waxwing is exclusively found in Asia.

Bohemian Waxwings don't follow a defined migration pattern like Swans or Arctic Terns. The flocks roam the edges of northern forests, and their movement highly depends on food availability.




Bohemian Waxwing taking off to the next adventure...





Waxwing Diet


The Waxwings eat insects but they primarily feed on berries and fruits. There were still a few fruits available for the picking this time of year in Alaska (February).

They are quite playful with their food. One is seen here juggling with a red fruit, which makes for an interesting birdwatching experience...










Bohemian Waxwing Sightings in Anchorage


A flock of Bohemian Waxwings spotted in February in Alaska.









Bohemian Waxwing











Waxwings are very social, and often remain in relatively large flocks.

They breed in the summer, usually producing two broods of 4 to 6 eggs.

The chicks leave the nest only 2 weeks after hatching.




Glutonous Bohemian Waxwing Gulping a Fruit


Here comes another Waxwing juggler
putting on a show with his dexterious beak.








Gulping a whole fruit,
with no hands!









Waxwing on a Fruit Picking Spree


Luckily for this flock of Bohemian Waxwings, there were still fruits available during the Alaskan winter.










Bohemian Waxwing in Pastel



A colorful series of Bohemian Waxwing pictures, with a pastel background.











Cute Bohemian Waxwing


















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