(18 cm.) Silky brown-grey plumage; black mask; head crest; waxy white, yellow and red “droplets” on wings
The Bohemian Waxwing is a bird of exquisite beauty that is unfortunately an uncommon bird in
. Due to their uncommon
status, beholding one is all the more exciting. Two species of waxwing can be
found in China ,
this species and the similarly uncommon Japanese Waxwing. Both species are
beautiful crested birds with black masks and uniformly brown-grey plumage. China
The Bohemian Waxwing is easily distinguished from the Japanese Waxwing by its yellow, not red tip of the tail, and more colorful, wax-like decorations on its wings. All three waxwing species in the world, these two species and the Cedar Waxwing of North America are named for the wax-like adornments on the birds’ wings. All have soft silky-looking feathers.
The Bohemian Waxwing is the only waxwing found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Its name, “bohemian”, means “wanderer”, a reference to its wide range. In
the Bohemian Waxwing is an irregular breeding bird of Heilongjiang’s
. It will not be found
elsewhere in Hinggan Mountains
in summer. In winter, it is a regular, but not completely reliable visitor to
“dongbei” and the China Liaoning, Shandong,
The Bohemian Waxwing’s gentle nature is befitting of its aesthetic beauty. It is primarily a consumer of berries, and berry shortages in northern latitudes influence its irregular winter wanderings. In addition to berries, the Bohemian Waxwing will eat insects in the breeding season.
|Bohemian Waxwing (Photo by Andreas Trepte)|