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Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: BOMBYCILLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Bohemian Waxwing is an irregular winter visitor from the far North. It comes primarily to states and provinces along the United States/Canada border, a bit farther southward in the West.

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Appearance

Flycatcherlike
Flycatcherlike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized songbird.
  • Brownish gray overall.
  • Crest on top of head.
  • Black mask.
  • Yellow tip to tail.
  • White and yellow feather edging in wings.
  • Reddish under the tail.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but grayer overall, with broad streaking on underparts, no black on throat or behind eye.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

Cedar Waxwing is slightly smaller, lacks reddish under tail and white and yellow stripes on closed wing, and has a yellowish belly.

    Backyard Tips

    This species often comes to bird feeders. Find out more about what this bird likes to eat and what feeder is best by using the Project FeederWatch Common Feeder Birds bird list.