Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Flock-oriented, colorful fruit-eaters.  Common throughout much of North America in woodlands and open fields, parks and edges, especially near streams.  Medium-sized, slender, crested, large-headed and short-billed; brownish head chest and back fading to gray, black mask, yellow tail tip and red spots on the wings: smooth tones almost look airbrushed.   The red wing tips are waxy secretions, whose function is not known.  Often first detected by their high, thin calls.  One of the few North American fruit specialists, only occasionally supplementing insects – planting native trees and shrubs that are fruit-bearing (like dogwood, serviceberry, etc) may attract them.  Lifespan up to 8 years.  Population ~ 52 million and stable.


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January 3, 2015