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Cedar Waxwings are sleek, masked birds with unusual red, waxy deposits at the tips of their secondary feathers. They are cinnamon-colored, with grayish wings and tails and yellow terminal tail-bands. They have distinctive crested heads, black throats, and black masks lined with white. Their bellies have a yellowish tinge, and their undertail coverts are white. Juveniles are mottled gray-brown, and have black masks and yellow tail-bands. The red feather-tips increase in number and size as the birds age
Top of Cedar Elm in wildlife habitat yard.
Some cedar waxwings in the Northeast United States and Southeast Canada will have an orange tip on their tails. This is caused by their having eaten the berries of an introduced species of honeysuckle, Morrow's honeysuckle, while their tail feathers were growing.