Japanese Waxwing

The bird is about 18 cm in length and its plumage is mostly pinkish-brown. It has a pointed crest, a black throat, a black stripe through the eye, a pale yellow centre to the belly and a black tail with a red tip. The wings have a pattern of black, grey and white with a reddish-brown stripe running across them. The call is a high-pitched trill but there is no true song.

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The Japanese Waxwing is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

photos here and Japanese Waxwing Bombycilla japonica of northeast Asia. Only the Cedar & the Bohemian have the odd, drop-like, waxy appendages on the tips of their secondaries; the Japanese Waxwing lacks this feature but does have red-pigmented tips to the feathers themselves. The purpose of the waxy spots is not known, and is not apparently linked to sex or age (except it is lacking in streaky juvenal plumage). More

The Japanese Waxwing (Bombycilla japonica) is a fairly small passerine bird of the waxwing family found in north-east Asia. It feeds mainly on fruit and berries but also eats some insects during the summer. The nest is a cup of twigs lined with grass and moss which is built in a tree. More

* Japanese Waxwing, dorsal view in harsh light. More

Waxwing inhabits only North America and the Japanese Waxwing lives exclusively in Asia, the Bohemian Waxwing is the only member of this family whose range circumnavigates all the continents just below the sub-Arctic latitudes. Its English name refers to the bright red bead-like tips of the secondary feathers on its wings, which look like drops of sealing wax, while 'Bohemian' refers to its (presumed) origin from Bohemia (at the time, a relatively unknown but "distant, eastern" place). More

species, the Japanese waxwing, is found only in NE Asia. Waxwings are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Bombycillidae, genus Bombycilla. - WordNet: waxwing - Top Home > Library > Literature & Language > WordNetNote: click on a word meaning below to see its connections and related words. More

The Japanese Waxwing breeds in coniferous forests in the Russian Far East and in Heilongjiang province, north-east China. It is at some risk of becoming threatened with extinction due to loss and degradation of its forest habitat. It winters in Japan, Korea and eastern China; the exact distribution is irregular as flocks move in search of berries and birds may be common in an area one year and scarce the next. More

Japanese Waxwings often occur in mixed flocks with Bohemian Waxwings which, as well as having the row of waxy tips, are slightly larger with a yellow tail-tip, greyish centre to the belly and no reddish-brown stripe... More

The Japanese Waxwing is exclusively found in Asia. Bohemian Waxwings don't follow a defined migration pattern like Swans or Arctic Terns. The flocks roam the edges of northern forests, and their movement highly depends on food availability. Bohemian Waxwing taking off to the next adventure... More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Bombycillidae
Genus : Bombycilla
Species : japonica
Authority : (Siebold, 1824)