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 57 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 7 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 68 photos
Adult male perching
Locality Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Western Russia, Russia
Sergey Neckludov 29 March 2014 15 weeks ago 4.8
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 32 weeks ago 4.8
Locality Zaymishche, Klintsy, Bryansk Oblast, Western Russia, Russia
Sergey Shursha 2 April 2014 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4.6
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 40 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