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Adult
Photo © by Skean
North Andover, Massachusetts, USA, 19 February 2004
Bombycilla cedrorum

Identification

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.

Similar Species

Photo © by J G Tippett
Two Rivers Park, Finley, Washington, USA, 14 February 2013

Bohemian Waxwing: Cedar Waxwing lacks the yellow and white markings on the wings.

Distribution

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.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Open woodlands, orchards, and residential areas.

Behaviour

Highly gregarious for much of the year.

Diet

Their main diet consists of berries and fruits, with insects in the spring months.

Breeding

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.

Vocalisation

Voice is a thin lisp, tseee, rather like Bohemian, but thinner and more quavering.

Gallery

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References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Peterson, RT, G Mountfort and PAD Hollom. 1993. Collins Field Guide – Birds of Britain and Europe, 5th Revised edition. London: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0002199001
  3. Witmer, M. C., D. J. Mountjoy, and L. Elliott (2020). Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (A. F. Poole, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cedwax.01

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