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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. The flight of waxwings is strong and direct, and the movement of the flock in flight resembles that of a flock of small pale European Starlings."

Habitat:

"Preferred habitat consists of trees at the edge of wooded areas, or "open" forests, especially those that provide access to berry sources as well as water. Waxwings are attracted to the sound of running water, and love to bathe in and drink from shallow creeks. In urban or suburban environments, waxwings often favor parkland with well-spaced trees; golf courses, cemeteries, or other landscaping with well-spaced trees; bushes that provide berries; and a nearby water source such as a fountain or birdbath."

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3 Comments

Birding For Fun
Birding For Fun 9 years ago

These are such beautiful birds. Nice photo.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

I have spotted so many this season,none with the beautiful red wax droplets which I can see in your spotting.

Yasser
Yasser 9 years ago

Beautiful birds!

July Llanes
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July Llanes

Orlando, Florida, USA

Spotted on Jan 31, 2012
Submitted on Feb 8, 2012

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