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Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus

A midsize migratory bird feeding mostly on fruits like berries. Mostly brown with white, yellow and red spots on the wings.



Common Names

EnglishBohemian Waxwing
FrenchJaseur boréal
SpanishAmpelis europeo


SpeciesBombycilla garrulus

How to Identify

Aerodynamic shape of the head is unique for this species but can be confounded with its cousin the Cedar Waxwing. Different to the Cedar Waxwing, the main color of the Bohemian Waxwing is brown.

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - Belvédère Outremont - 2020-03-21
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - Boisé Des Douze - 2019-04-22
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) - Parc Nature Pointe aux Prairies - 2015-04-19

Where and When to Spot

Only seen during winter and early spring feeding on bushes with berries. In summer they migrate to the North for breeding.

Boisé Des Douze x - - -
Jardin Botanique de Montréal x - - -

Where and when a species has been observed, identified, and recorded.

Last updated on 2024-03-14. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.