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Japanese Waxwing

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About the Japanese Waxwing

The Japanese Waxwing is one of three species of waxwing in the world. They live in parts of northeast Asia; despite the name, they only visit Japan during the winter months.

Japanese Waxwings are similar in appearance to their cousins: Bohemian Waxwings and Cedar Waxwings. However, Japanese Waxwings lack the waxy-looking feather tips which give the family their name.

The conservation status of the Japanese Waxwing is considered to be Near Threatened as of June 2013. The species has a relatively small breeding range and logging may pose a threat to the health of their preferred habitat.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 08 June 2013
Scientific Name Bombycilla japonica
  • Passeriformes
  • Bombycillidae
  • Bombycilla
  • B. japonica
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Near Threatened
  • 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 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
5.9 to 7.1 inches
1.9 to 2.25 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Japanese Waxwing is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This scarce species is thought to have a moderately small global population size, and is threatened by both habitat loss and persecution for the wild bird trade. It is therefore currently considered Near Threatened, and should be carefully monitored.

International Names

  • 小太平鸟 (Chinese)
  • brkoslav japonský (Czech)
  • Japansk Silkehale (Danish)
  • Japanse Pestvogel (Dutch)
  • japanintilhi (Finnish)
  • Jaseur du Japon (French)
  • Blutseidenschwanz (German)
  • Beccofrusone giapponese (Italian)
  • ヒレンジャク [hirenjaku] (Japanese)
  • 홍여새 (Korean)
  • Amursidensvans (Norwegian)
  • jemioluszka japonska (Polish)
  • Японский свиристель (Russian)
  • Ampelis Japonés (Spanish)
  • Amursidensvans (Swedish)