Taiga Animals

Bohemian Waxwing
Bohemian Waxwing
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Fruit
Order: Passeriformes: Perching birds
Size: 18 cm (7 in)
Family: Bombycillidae: Waxwings Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Bombycilla garrulus Habitat: tall coniferous forest of the taiga
Range: Circumpolar regions of North America, Europe and Asia

Size of Bohemian WaxwingThe name "waxwing" is derived from the drop-shaped and waxlike tips of the secondary wing feathers that are, in fact, elongations of the feathers' shafts. The sexes look much alike, except that the female's plumage is duller. Waxwings normally live on fruit and berries, although they will catch insects on the wing during the breeding season. In winter they sometimes migrate south of their range.  During his courtship display, the male presents the female with a berry or ant pupa, which the birds then pass back and forth from beak to beak but never swallow. The bulky nest is made from twigs, moss and plant fibers, mainly by the female, who lays 3 to 7 eggs, which she alone incubates.

Range of Bohemian Waxwing
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