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.
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 flocks. Winter flocks may reach thousands of individuals.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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