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Bohemian Waxwing
Bombycilla garrulus

Starlings, Pipits and Waxwings
Waxwing Family (Bombycillidae)

Size: Length: 19-22 cm Wingspan: 33-36 cm

Description: A common year-round resident, the bohemian waxwing is generally our only winter waxwing. It has a rusty-brown head with a prominent crest. There is a black eyebrow line and an thin white eye streak. The throat is also black. The body is gray-brown with very colourful wings. The wings have gray-brown shoulder, and black primaries with some white visible. There may also be patches of red and yellow in the wings. The dark tail has a yellow tip and red undertail coverts. The similar cedar waxwing has a more yellowish breast, and has white undertail coverts as opposed to the chestnut colour of the bohemian. They eat a variety of foods including insects and plants. They are voracious feeders of berries, including mountainash, low-bush cranberry, and rose hips, feeding primarily on these during winter. They nest in coniferous trees, using twigs, grass, hair, and even old-man's-beard lichens. The nest is lined with grass and other soft materials.

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