Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) Bombycillidae

Missoula, MT
April 18, 2017
Robert Niese

In early April, waxwings were migrating through town in the thousands. They paused in freshly blooming trees to gorge on buds and, in this case, last year’s fruits before continuing their trek northward. The noise and mess they created was astounding! I loved waking up to the roar of their high pitched calls. This flock consisted of around 600 Bohemian Waxwings and a few dozen Cedar Waxwings. The easiest way to tell them apart (for me, at least) is by their vent and under-tail colors. Bohemians have a rufous under-tail and a gray vent while Cedars have a gray-white under-tail and a pale yellow vent. 


Cedar Waxwing by Greatblue1
Via Flickr:
Richmond, B.C.


Cedar Waxwing by Greatblue1
Via Flickr:
enjoying a snack, Summerland, B.C.

Jaseur d'Amérique ou Jaseur des cèdres - juvénile / Cedar waxwing - juvenile.

Bombycilla cedrorum (Vieillot, 1808) :
- Jaseur d'Amérique - Jaseur des cèdres ;
- Cedar waxwing ;
- Ampelis americano ;
- Picoteiro-americano ;
- Beccofrusone dei cedri ;
- Zedernseidenschwanz ;
- Cederpestvogel ;
- Amerikantilhi ;
- Американский свиристель ;
- Indiansidensvans ;
- Jemiołuszka cedrowa ;
- ヒメレンジャク ;
- 雪松太平鸟

Ordre : Passériformes - Passeriformes /
Famille : Bombycillidés - Bombycillidae /
Genre : Bombycilla /
Espèce : cedrorum - Espèce monotypique.

King of the hill par Eric Bégin / (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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The Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) is a frugivore, so it eats fruits. It can be hard to find fruit growing in the winter, so Bohemian Waxwings eat mistletoe fruits! Mistletoe is poisonous to many animals, but when options are low, animals find a way.

To tell the Bohemian Waxwing apart from its other waxwing relatives, just look for the white stripes near the edges of the wings. A little extra flash is hiding on this species!

Photo credit: Ash Bourdrie