Bohemian Waxwing, Bombycilla garrulus, waxwing, bird, canada

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

I took this photo of a Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) whilst I was staying with friends in Calgary, Canada a few years ago. Although the photo was taken in late March, there was still plenty of snow on the ground and this berry tree was a vital source of food for a flock of these birds. An easy way to separate Bohemian Waxwings from the similar Cedar Waxwing is to look for the cinnamon colour under the tail (the under-tail coverts) on the Bohemian Waxwing, which the Cedar Waxwing does not have. Waxwings are named for the red ‘wax-like’ markings which the adult birds have on their wings (actually the flattened tips of the secondary feather shafts).

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