Least Concern


Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

The Cedar Waxwing is a member of Waxwing family of perching birds. It breeds in open wooded areas in North America, principally southern Canada and the northern United States.

Cedar waxwings are 20 cm long and weighs 30 gm. They are smaller and more brown than their close relative, the Bohemian Waxwing.

These birds' most prominent feature is a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings, a feature they share with the Bohemian Waxwing. The tail is typically yellow or orange depending on diet. Birds that have fed on berries of introduced Eurasian honeysuckles while growing tail feathers will have darker orange-tipped tail-feathers. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults.

During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects back and forth, such as flower petals or an insect.

The flight of waxwings is strong and direct, and the movement of the flock in flight resembles that of a flock of small pale European Starlings.


Regional Names
  • French:
    Jaseur d'Amérique
  • Spanish:
    ampelis americano, Bombycilla cedrorum
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Bombycilla cedrorum