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 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)




Cedar Waxwing | Bombycilla cedrorum photo
Cedar Waxwing, Royal Tyrrell Museun Garden, Drumheller, Alberta

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Cedar Waxwing | Bombycilla cedrorum photo
Cedar Waxings, Marine Park, Blaine, Washington State

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

CEDAR WAXWING FACTS

Description
The Cedar Waxwing has a reddish brown head and upper body and gray back, wings and tail. The head has a short crest, and face has a black mask, and black chin. The tip of the tail is yellow, and the belly is yellow. May have red spots on tips of secondary wing feathers. Females are similar to males with less prominent chin patch. Immature birds are similar to adults but more gray, streaked underside, and no black on the throat.

Size
length 14cm - 17cm

Environment
open woodland, farmland, parks and gardens, forest edges.

Food
fruit, insects.

Breeding
Nest is a fairly large open cup made of twigs, grass and moss, built in a tree fork. Lays two to six (usually four or five) pale blue gray eggs with scattered black spots.

Range
found throughout most of Canada, United States, Mexico and into Central America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Bombycillidae
Genus:Bombycilla
Species:cedrorum
Common Name:Cedar Waxwing