Waxwing

(Bombycilla garrulous)

Alert Status: Green
Identifying Features: Plump, slightly smaller than a starling. Prominent crest. Reddish-brown with a black throat, a small black eye-mask, yellow and white in the wings and a yellow-tipped tail.
Average Length: 18cm
Average Lifespan: 5 years
Average Wingspan: 30 - 36 cm
Beak type: Seeds


Feeding:
Natural: Mostly berries, hips & haws.
How to feed: Waxwings will eat rowan and hawthorn berries in urban gardens.
What to feed:  You may also be able to entice Waxwings into your garden by hanging apples from branches.
Nesting: Waxwings do not breed in Britain. The cup-shaped nest is built by both sexes from twigs, grass and moss in pine trees or scrub

 

Where to see: The first arrivals each winter are usually seen on the east coast from Scotland to East Anglia, but birds will move inland in search of food.

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Bohemian Waxwing by Kieran Nixon, Xeno-c
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