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Bird Bio - Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

The beautiful Cedar Waxwing can be seen in most of the U.S. and southern Canada. It stands about 7" high. They sport a black mask, have a brown crest and shoulders, and a bright yellow-tipped tail and pale yellow belly. Adult birds have a small red spot on their wings.


The Cedar Waxwing builds a loose open cup-style nest of grass, twigs and other plant fibers. The nest will be placed in the fork or branch of a tree, 4 to 50 feet above the ground. Female lays 2 to 6 eggs, which are pale with dark marks.

Incubation lasts 12 to 13 days, and fledglings are ready to leave the nest when 14 to 18 days old. They usually raise two broods each season.


The cedar Waxwing lives in open woodland, including suburban areas, and is partial to locations where fruits and berries are available, such as orchards.

They are often found in large flocks, even joining the flock to feed during the nesting season. The diet is primarily fruit and berries, but Cedar Waxwings will eat insects in the summer.

The Cedar Waxwing has no known predators.

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