- Bombycilla cedrorum
15·5 cm (6 in)
A sleek, crested, brown bird with black mask, yellow tips on tail feathers, and hard red wax-like tips on secondary wing feathers.
Bohemian Waxwing: Cedar Waxwing lacks the yellow and white markings on the wings.
Breeds from southeastern Alaska east to Newfoundland and south to California, Illinois, and Virginia. Winters from British Columbia, Great Lakes region, and New England southward to the Caribbean and northern South America.
Open woodlands, orchards, and residential areas.
Highly gregarious for much of the year.
Their main diet consists of berries and fruits, with insects in the spring months.
The 4-6 blue-grey eggs, have dark brown and black spots. They are laid in a bulky cup of twigs and grass placed in a tree in the open.
Voice is a thin lisp, tseee, rather like Bohemian, but thinner and more quavering.
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