Scientific name: Bombycilla garrulus
Nature Stars: 100
A starling-sized bird. The Waxwing is one of Britain's most exotic-looking birds, pink with a large crest, a grey rump, a black tail tipped with bright yellow, orangey brown under the tail, a black throat patch and dark wings with yellow and white markings. Waxwings get their name from the bright red waxy tips on the ends of their wing feathers.
Waxwings often travel in groups and visit the UK in winter on the look out for food. In years when berries are scarce in continental Europe we see higher numbers of waxwings arriving here.They move from place to place stripping trees and bushes of their fruit, often very quickly!
How to identify: Unmistakeable.
Where: A rare winter visitor which can turn up anywhere, particularly in the north and east of the country.
Fantastic fact: There are two other species of Waxwing: the Japanese Waxwing of eastern Asia and the Cedar Waxwing of North America.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc