Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - HBW 10, p. 316
French: Jaseur boréal
Spanish: Ampelis Europeo
Other common names: Waxwing, Greater/Common Waxwing
Taxonomy: Lanius Garrulus Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Appears to be most closely related to B. japonica. Geographical variation involves only minor plumage differences; individuals from E part of range of centralasiae often as dark as nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758) - breeds N Sweden, far N Norway, N Finland and N Russia (S of tree-line) E to approximately Ural Mts; non-breeding S to Poland, the Balkans, Ukraine, irregularly farther S.
- centralasiae Poliakov, 1915 - breeds C & E Russia S of tree-line from approximately Ural Mts E to Sea of Okhotsk and Kamchatka, S to Altai Mts, L Baikal and lower Amur Valley; non-breeding S to Kazakhstan, N China and Japan, rarely to N Indian Subcontinent, S China and Taiwan.
- pallidiceps Reichenow, 1908 - breeds NW & NC North America; non-breeding E to SE Canada (Newfoundland) and S to C & NE USA, irregularly farther S.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 55 videos
Bohemian waxwings feasting on a dropped apple in the snow. © 2011 Garth McElroy Locality Maine, USA (United States) (ssp pallidiceps)
wildbirdvideos 2 February 2011 3 years ago 39 sec 4.8
Bohemian waxwings fighting over an apple. © 2011 Garth McElroy Locality Maine, USA (United States)
wildbirdvideos 20 February 2011 3 years ago 34 sec 4.8
A pair in courtship behavior on the shore of a lake Locality Poorfish Lake, Nunavut, Canada (ssp pallidiceps)
Robert Schaefer 24 June 2006 6 years ago 28 sec 4.6
Individuals perched and feeding on berries Locality Wales, Great Britain (ssp garrulus)
Greg Baker 27 January 2001 3 years ago 1 min 19 sec 4.5
A close-up of a bird feeding on fruits while others individuals calling. Locality Oulu, Oulu Province, Finland (ssp garrulus)
Josep del Hoyo 27 March 2010 4 years ago 42 sec 4.5
adult eating berries Locality Duluth, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA (United States) (ssp pallidiceps)
Malcolm Mark Swan 8 January 2010 5 years ago 32 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 63 photos
A male of Waxwing came to quench your thirst on a frozen drinking station.
Locality Hortobágy National Park, Hortobágy, Hajdú-Bihar County, Hungary (ssp garrulus)
Ján Svetlík 15 February 2013 27 weeks ago 4.8
Adult male perching
Locality Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Western Russia, Russia
Sergey Neckludov 29 March 2014 10 weeks ago 4.7
A bird eating snow
Locality Montreal, Quebec, Canada (ssp pallidiceps)
Michel Lamarche 18 February 2010 4 years ago 4.6
Locality Vught, North Brabant Province, Netherlands
Frank Bos 22 March 2011 35 weeks ago 4.5
Foraging in a berry bush
Locality University of Guelph Arboretum, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Ian Barker 24 January 2013 2 years ago 4.5
Juvenile male in Govanhill Park, 1 of 73 birds present.
Locality Glasgow City Council, Scotland, Great Britain (ssp garrulus)
clydebirder 21 October 2008 5 years ago 4.5