Monday, September 24, 2012
Bird of the week : Bohemian Waxwing
"This picture is of a bohemian waxwing. This is a very pretty and exotic bird.The waxwing gets its name from the waxy tips on its wings. The bohemian part comes from its nomadic habits. Bohemian refers to those who live a unconventional life style. The waxwing is a beautiful bird. The head has a distinctive crest on the bohemian and the cedar waxwing.They have a piercing black eye stripe and black bib.The underparts of this beautiful bird are a pretty pinkish color. The wings are darker with white and yellow lines. Then the distinctive waxy tips of the wings. The tail is a short but with a bright yellow tip. If you want to look for them in the winter, they can be found in gardens and parks. It does not breed in our region. But they nest very late in the year usually in June. Both the male and female take parts in taking care of the chicks. They are gregarious feeders. Gregarious means they feed in flocks or in loosely organized community.Their winter diet consists of completely berries. In the summer it likes to snack on mosquitoes and other insects. They have cup shaped nest with usually four or five eggs. They are incubated for about two weeks. The young fledge after another two weeks- Birds Of North America "