Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

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  • Cedar Waxwing |  Photo: Reesman, OR Dept. F&W
  • Cedar Waxwing |  Photo: Reesman, OR Dept. F&W
  • Cedar Waxwing |  Photo: Reesman, OR Dept. F&W
  • Cedar Waxwing |  Photo: Reesman, OR Dept. F&W
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Basic Information

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Bombycillidae

Size

Cedar Waxwing can grow up to 6.75 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 8.25 years

Weight

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) facts, habitat, range, waxwing pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the songbird.

Diet

Cedar Waxwings are omnivores, but mainly eat fruit. They will add a little bit of protein with the occasional insect.

Behavior

Foliage Gleaner

Range

Migratory: Nationwide

Nest Placement

Tree

Number of Offspring

3–6 Eggs

Egg Description

Blue Gray with dark brown to black specks

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, naked, blind, tiny

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

8.6-11.9 in

Observation Tips

Keep an eye peeled along trails in northern forests that run through berry bushes.

What does the Cedar Waxwing look like?

Cedar Waxwings are an amazing site for birders. These medium sized songbirds have a light brown head and short crest that fades into gray red tipped wings. Their chest is a light brown that fades into a pale yellow across the belly. They have a white lined black mask on their face with a short black bill. Their tail is short with a bright yellow tip.

Cedar Waxwing Habitat

Open Forests

Cedar Waxwing Facts

Cedar Waxwings are showy songbirds of the forests. During the fall's berry season, they will gather in large flocks to feast on fruit. They can metabolize alcohol from fermenting berries, thus can become intoxicated and are sometimes killed from alcohol poisoning.

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