A bird which eats berries can be caught…

A bird which eats berries can be caught, but not a bird that eats wood.

A Maaori proverb

Cedar Waxwing

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Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) is a member of the family Bombycillidae or waxwing family of passerine birds.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 5.75 inches
• Short, thin bill
• Pale brown crest
• Black eye patch and chin
• Pale brown head fading into pale yellow belly
• White undertail coverts
• Dark brown back
• Dark wings with thin, red bar
• Black tail with yellow tip
• Juveniles have much duller, grayer head and body with blurry streaks on underparts
• Frequently found in large flocks feeding on fruit

The Cedar Waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season. Its fondness for the small cones of the Eastern Redcedar (a kind of juniper) gave this bird its common name.

These birds’ most prominent feature is a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings, a feature they share with the Bohemian Waxwing.

The Cedar Waxwing breeds in open wooded areas in North America, principally southern Canada and the northern United States.

 

 

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