Bombycilla cedrorum
(Cedar Waxwing)

Order: Passeriformes
Order Description: Passerines
Family: Bombycillidae
Family Description: Waxwings

Physical Description:
6 1/2-8" (17-20 cm). Silky looking bird because of its fine, small feathers. Crested head is brown with a black mask edged in white. Wings are brown at shoulder and gray at ends with red, waxy tips. These feathers are only found on adults. Brown breast fades to yellow bellow. Gray tail is tipped with yellow.

Similar Species- Bohemian Waxwing

Single, high pitched zeee, sometimes trilled.

Breeds from southeastern Alaska, east to Newfoundland, and south to northern California, northern Utah, western Oklahoma, southern Illinois, and parts of southeastern United States. Winters from southern Canada (locally) and northern U.S., south to central Panama, and casually to northern South America.

Found in variety of open woodland types (either deciduousClick word for definition or coniferousClick word for definition), and in forest edges, second growth, parks, orchards, and gardens. During migration and in winter, occurs wherever there are trees.

Feeds opportunistically on small fruits. May consume maple tree sap and flower petals. In spring and summer, eats various insects.

Forages in vegetation, or may fly from perch to capture prey. Nests in tree; nest size varies. Individuals may form small nesting colonies of up to 12 pairs, and may travel in small groups or flocksClick word for definition. Winter flocks may reach thousands of individuals.

Breeding season varies. Female incubatesClick word for definition 3-5 eggs (sometimes 6), for 12-16 days. Young are tended by both adults, and leave nest at 14-18 days.

Element Code: ABPBN01020
Status: Protected nongame species
Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5,NTMB
National Rank: N5

Important State References:
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Design by Ean Harker©1999, 2000.
Written by Jason Karl, 2000.