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The Bohemian Waxwing

by Trevor E Holewinski

The Bohemian waxwing is a starling-sized passerine bird native to the northern forests of the Palearctic and North America. This species has buff-grey plumage and black face markings, and a distinctive pointed crest. In contrast to the black-headed American Robin, the female Bohemian waxwing is very similar to its European cousin. In fact, it is similar to the crow, although its male counterpart has a larger crest.

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The Bohemian Waxwing is widely distributed throughout the northern United States and Canada. During winter, large flocks migrate southward in search of fruit. In Maine, this species breeds in junipers, birch, and pine trees. The species lives in areas where the climate is temperate year-round, which gives it a chance to stay in the state throughout the winter. However, it is important to note that this bird has no significant impact on humans.

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The Bohemian waxwing is not highly territorial, and they rarely fight with each other. The male will defend his territory by scolding the female in front of her chicks. The male will occasionally attack the female with his bill, but they do not engage in physical combat. In addition to a loud chitter, the male will also chirp. Interestingly, the Bohemian waxwing does not defend its territory.

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The Bohemian Waxwing is a non-invasive species that breeds in coniferous forests near bodies of water. The female builds a cup-shaped nest made from twigs. The male incubates the clutch of three to seven eggs for about thirteen to fourteen days. The chicks are naked and altricial, but both parents feed them. After about 14 to 16 days, the chicks fledge.

The Bohemian waxwing is not highly territorial and does not breed in groups. Its nest is a solitary one, lined with soft material. The eggs are white and spotted with black and grey and are laid in an elongated pouch. The female incubates the eggs for thirteen to fourteen days and will feed the chicks. There are no known adverse effects of the Bohemian Waxwing to humans.

The Bohemian waxwing has several vocalizations. Its social call sounds like a thrilling zeeeeee, and the hatchlings have a softer version of this call. The descending whistle is a long descending whistle. During nest-building, the birds will use this call to warn each other. Its basic calling calls are zir-r-r-r-r-r.

The Bohemian waxwing is a starling-sized passerine bird that lives in the northern forests of the Palearctic. This species is a dark brown or gray-brown bird with a crest of feathers on its head and a red waxy appearance on its wings. The adult crest is black, and the tail is yellowish with a reddish underside. This species is a common resident of the eastern U.S. and the northern parts of Europe.