Cedar Waxwing

A lucky observer might see a row of sociable Cedar Waxwings perched on a branch, passing a berry down the line and back again, bill to bill, in a ceremony that ends when one swallows the food.


Cedar Waxwing
Gerry Buckel
Cedar Waxwing
Sharon Anderson
Cedar Waxwing, juvenile


Scientific Name: Bombycilla cedrorum.
Family: Waxwing.
Length:  7 inches.
Wingspan: 12 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Head crest, black eye mask, red wing tips, yellow tail tip and pale yellow belly.

cedar waxwingCourtesy Ronda Legg

Nest: Female lays four to five pale-gray eggs with black spots in a bulky nest made of plant materials, string, horsehair and other ephemera.
Voice: Irregular rhythm of high “sreee” notes.
Habitat: Backyards, parks and open woodlands.
Diet: Fruit, tree sap, flower petals and insects.
Backyard Favorites: Berry-producing plants.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Cedar Waxwing’s song, and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Cedar Waxwing Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

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