BOHEMIAN WAXWING

BOHEMIAN WAXWING (bombycilla garrulus)

The Bohemian waxwing is an irregular visitor to the island, usually in the winter, and is considered an ‘irruptive’ species, hence the ‘Bohemian’ name. This means that Bohemian waxwings will be seen in large flocks to feed on berries left on shrubs in the winter, for example the winterberry (see photo below).

It is slightly smaller than the American robin, and is predominantly grey, with distinctive waxy red tips on some wing feathers. This bird has a crest on top of its head, a black mask around the eyes and a black throat. The tail ends with a distinctive yellow band bordered with black. The sexes are similar. The feathers look very fine.

Bohemian waxwing feeding on winter berries - New Glasgow, PEI - Mar. 25, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Bohemian waxwing feeding on winter berries – New Glasgow, PEI – Mar. 25, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Bohemian Waxwing, back view - Souris Line Road area, PEI - Feb. 18, 2018
Bohemian Waxwing, back view – Souris Line Road area, PEI – Feb. 18, 2018 – Sandra Meade
Bohemian Waxwings over winterberry - Dec. 26, 2012 - Old Murphy's shore road - by Don Jardine
Bohemian Waxwings over winterberry – Dec. 26, 2012 – Old Murphy’s shore road – by Don Jardine

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