Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Bombycillidae

Size

Bohemian Waxwings grow to about 7.5 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 12 years

Weight

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) facts, habitat, range, waxwing pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Bohemian Waxwing are omnivores that feed on fruits and insects.

Behavior

Foliage Gleaner

Range

Migratory: Western U.S. - Northern North America

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

3–6 Eggs

Egg Description

Pale Blue with heavy black specks

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, naked

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

12.75-13.25 in

Observation Tips

Keep an eye peeled along trails in northern forests that run through berry bushes.

What does the Bohemian Waxwing look like?

Bohemian Waxwings are beautiful medium sized songbirds. They are a grayish brown overall, have black facial masks, black bills, gray crested heads, red accented faces, red, white and yellow wing feather edging, and yellow tipped tails that is red on the underside. Juveniles look similar to adults.

Bohemian Waxwing Habitat

Forests

Bohemian Waxwing Facts

Bohemian Waxwings are stunning songbirds of the northern forests. They glean insects out of the air but are extremely common where there are fruit bushes. Bohemian Waxwings can metabolize alcohol from fermenting fruit, but will also become intoxicated, they have been know to die from alcohol poisoning. Their name is a reference to their nomadic migrations and the residents of "Bohemia," meaning their movements are "Gypsy" like.

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