Bohemian Waxwing

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 13 November 2012
Scientific Name
Bombycilla garrulus
  • Passeriformes
  • Bombycillidae
  • Bombycilla
  • B. garrulus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.3 to 7.5 inches
13 inches
1.6 to 2.4 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 太平鸟
Czech (Cesky) brkoslav severní
Danish (Dansk) Silkehale
Dutch (Nederlands) Pestvogel
Finnish (Suomi) tilhi
French (Français) Jaseur boréal
German (Deutsch) Seidenschwanz
Italian (Italiano) Beccofrusone
Japanese (日本語) キレンジャク [kirenjaku]
Korean (한국어) 황여새
Norwegian (Norsk) Sidensvans
Polish (Polski) jemiołuszka
Russian (русский язык) Свиристель
Spanish (Español) Ampelis Europeo
Swedish (Svenska) Sidensvans
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