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Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Description:

Cedar waxwings are approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) long and weigh roughly 30 grams. They are smaller and more brown than their close relative, the Bohemian Waxwing (which breeds farther to the north and west). These birds' most prominent feature is a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings, a feature they share with the Bohemian Waxwing (but not the Japanese Waxwing). The tail is typically yellow or orange depending on diet. Birds that have fed on berries of introduced Eurasian honeysuckles while growing tail feathers will have darker orange-tipped tail-feathers. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults. During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects back and forth, such as flower petals or an insect. Mating pairs will sometimes rub their beaks together affectionately.

Habitat:

backyard

Notes:

Very rare occurrence here during migration. Flock of about 25 birds stayed for ten minutes resting in the trees and then moved on.

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2 Comments

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 2 years ago

great composition

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Bello galán

California, USA

Lat: 37.50, Long: -122.50

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 15, 2012

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