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Biome Project

Taiga is the Russian word for forest and is the largest biome in the world. It stretches over Eurasia and North America. The taiga is located near the top of the world, just below the tundra biome. The winters in the taiga are very cold with only snowfall. The summers are warm, rainy, and humid. A lot of coniferous trees grow in the taiga. The taiga is also known as the boreal forest. Did you know that Boreal was the Greek goddess of the North Wind?The taiga doesn't have as many plant and animal species as the tropical or the deciduous forest biomes. It does have millions of insects in the summertime. Birds migrate there every year to nest and feed.

The average temperature is below freezing for six months out of the year. The winter temperature range is -54 to -1° C (-65 to 30° F). The winters, as you can see, are really cold, with lots of snow.Temperature range in the summer gets as low as -7° C (20° F). The high in summer can be 21° C (70° F). The summers are mostly warm, rainy and humid.The total precipitation in a year is 30 - 85 cm . The forms the precipitation comes in are rain and snow. The main seasons in the taiga are winter and summer.



The Bohemian Waxing lives in the Taiga climate.The name "waxwing" is derived from the drop-shaped and waxlike tips of the secondary wing feathers that are, in fact, elongations of the feathers' shafts. Waxwings normally live on fruit and berries, although they will catch insects on the wing during the breeding season. In winter they sometimes migrate south of their range. During his courtship display, the male presents the female with a berry or ant pupa, which the birds then pass back and forth from beak to beak but never swallow. The bulky nest is made from twigs, moss and plant fibers, mainly by the female, who lays 3 to 7 eggs, which she alone incubates.

Taiga Animals

The Bohemian Waxing

In the temperate forest most leaves fall off in autumn. In the taiga, the change is much more subtle. Leaves slow down the chemical process for winter. The tamarack's leaves turn brown and drop. It is one of only a handful of evergreen species that drop their leaves for the fall. The leaves of many shrubs turn deep red.Aspen and birch, deciduous trees, have leaves that turn golden before falling for the winter.



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