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Bohemian Waxwing

(Bombycilla garrulus)
German name(s): "Seidenschwanz"
Size: 19-23 cm; wing span 32-35.5 cm
Weight: 55 g (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Bohemian Waxwing at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "garrulus"


Sex unknown

Pair of Bohemian Waxwings in a tree with Mistletoe in it (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza National Park, Poland, January 2009]

Food, Diet

During the breeding season, Bohemian Waxwinges feed mainly on insects, but in winter they specialize in taking various berries. One of the berries they feed on is that of the Mistletoe. Fruit is passed through the digestive system with live seeds, making Bohemian Waxwings propagators of Mistletoe.

Pair of Bohemian Waxwings in a tree with Mistletoe; they feed on the berries, thereby propagating Mistletoe (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza National Park, Poland, January 2009]

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