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.
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.