Listen in pop-out player

Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.

John Aitchison presents the waxwing. Waxwings are winter visitors from Russia and Scandinavia where they breed in conifer forests. They head south to feed on berries and other fruits, and if these are in short supply on the Continent, the birds flood into the UK. It happens every few years or so and the sight of these punk-crested plunderers swarming over rowan and other berry-producing trees is sure to attract your attention.

Available now

2 minutes

Last on

Fri 14 Feb 2014 05:58

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)

Webpage image courtesy of RSPB (rspb-images.com)

BBC Earth

BBC Earth

Find out how the world has changed since you were born

Related Links

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss