Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Code 4

CEDW

Code 6

BOMCED

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Cedar Waxwing has a large span of more than 7 million square kilometers. The population of the Cedar Waxwing is thought to be at around 15 million individual birds. This bird is native to numerous countries in North America and Central America. In 2000, the Cedar Waxwing was rated as Lower Concern. At the current time, the Cedar Waxwing has a rating of Least Concern due to no evidence of population decline over the past several generations.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Cedar Waxwing: Small waxwing, red-brown upperparts, pale slate-gray rump, buff underparts. Head is crested, has black mask with narrow white band below. Yellow-tipped tail, white undertail coverts. Wings have red wax-like tips on secondaries from which it gets its name. Black bill, legs and feet.


Range and Habitat

Cedar Waxwing: Common throughout North America. Breeds from southeastern Alaska east to Newfoundland and south to California, northern Alabama, and North Carolina. Spends winters from British Columbia, the Great Lakes region, and New England southward. Preferred habitats include open woodlands, orchards, and residential areas.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"zeee", "zeeet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Cedar Waxwings are the most specialized fruit-eating birds. Rather than regurgitating the fruit seeds, they eliminate them with their waste.
  • Orange, rather than yellow, terminal bands now seen on some tails are attributed to pigments found in an alien honeysuckle fruit introduced to their diet.
  • A group of waxwings are collectively known as an "ear-full" and a "museum" of waxwings.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Cedar Waxwing

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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BACKYARD BIRDING

BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
SecondariesX
Flight feathers that are attached to the wing in the area similar to the human forearm and between the body and the primaries.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X