Similar to its close
relative, the Cedar Waxwing, Bohemian Waxwings
are irregular winter visitors to the state. Summering in the northwestern
part of Canada and Alaska, Bohemian Waxwings may appear in large numbers in the
state during some winters, and be largely absent in others, staying true to
their "nomadic" name. They are generally found in
mixed flocks with Cedar Waxwings when in the
Habitat: Can be found in a
wide variety of semi-open forest habitats during the winter. Breeds in
boreal forests of northern Canada and Alaska.
Diet: Primarily insects in the summer,
also some fruits and berries. Fruits and berries are the primary food in
the winter. Will also eat seeds of some trees such as birch.
Behavior: In winter in South Dakota, moves through
berry trees, snagging berries while climbing or hovering. In summer,
flies out from a perch to capture flying insects.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in
northwestern Canada and Alaska. Difficult to predict winter movements,
with heavy irruptions well into the interior of the United States in some
Conservation Status: Possibly increasing in numbers and pushing its range further
to the south.
Feeders: Will come to feeders for fruits and berries.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Bohemian Waxwing"
eNature.com: Bohemian Waxwing
Photo Information: February 12th, 2006 --
Near Brandon -- Terry Sohl
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