It is large , fat and grey and has a bright yellow, black or rusty orange color on its tail feather tips and a yellow, white, red or black stripe along the wing feathers.. Under tail coverts are a deep rust color. Both beak and feet are dark and the brown eyes are set in a narrow black mask underlined with white.
Habitat and Distribution
The Bohemian Waxming travels in large nomadic groups with a strong , direct flight. It breeds in coniferous forests throughout the most northern parts of Europe, Asia and western North America. In winter they are quite confident around humans.
The diet consists primarily of berries supplemented by insects, especially during the breeding season.
The preferred nest location is usually high in a pine tree. Each pair may have more than one nest in the same area. The nests have an outer diameter of 15 cm to 18 cm and are lined with fine grass, moss, and down. 4 to 6 eggs are laid, the egg shells having a pale bluish color with blackish spots and some dark, irregular lines. Incubation is around 14 days and the young leave the nest about 13 to 15 days after hatching.
Calls and Songs
The call is a plesant ringing sound with a low pitch.