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About the Bohemian Waxwing

Also known as: Black-throated Waxwing, Waxwing, Bohemian Chatterer, Bohemian Wax-chatterer, Greater Waxwing, Lapland Waxwing, Silktail, Northern Waxwing

The Bohemian Waxwing is a beautiful songbird with a prominent crest. These sleek grey birds live in pine forests across northern North America, as well as northern parts of Eurasia. It is one of three waxwing species found in the world. The others are the Cedar Waxwing and the Japanese Waxwing.

Bohemian Waxwings are mostly brown in plumage, with a gray-brown belly which helps to distinguish it from the Cedar Waxwing. They have a dark mask around the eyes and are named for the wax-like red tips found on some of their wing feathers.

Bohemian Waxwings breed in coniferous forests and move about outside of the breeding season depending on the availability of food. Their erratic seasonal movements mean they may be seen outside of their normal range in the winter months, to the delight of birders.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 13 November 2012
Scientific Name Bombycilla garrulus
  • Passeriformes
  • Bombycillidae
  • Bombycilla
  • B. garrulus
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6.3 to 7.5 inches
13 inches
1.6 to 2.4 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe West Asia East Asia North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 太平鸟 (Chinese)
  • brkoslav severní (Czech)
  • Silkehale (Danish)
  • Pestvogel (Dutch)
  • tilhi (Finnish)
  • Jaseur boréal (French)
  • Seidenschwanz (German)
  • Beccofrusone (Italian)
  • キレンジャク [kirenjaku] (Japanese)
  • 황여새 (Korean)
  • Sidensvans (Norwegian)
  • jemiołuszka (Polish)
  • Свиристель (Russian)
  • Ampelis Europeo (Spanish)
  • Sidensvans (Swedish)

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Bohemian Waxwings are on the move this winter! A poor berry crop in their northern range may be driving them outside of their usual winter haunts. Flocks have been seen around southern ... more