CEDAR WAXWING

CEDAR WAXWING (Bombycilla cedrorum)

The Cedar waxwing is sleeker than the Bohemian waxwing. This species of waxwing breeds on the island and is fairly common. Its head crest is usually flat and extends beyond the head. The plumage is similar to that of the Bohemian waxwing, but with yellowish under parts. It has a similar black mask around the eyes and the typical red waxy tips on the secondaries.

Cedar waxwings are social birds and this trait is also seen during breeding season, as several nests can be found in the same area. Cedar waxwings love berries, which they eat whole (I saw a few years ago a cedar waxwing swallow a large Dutch honeysuckle berry whole and thought it would choke on it, but no, the bird was fine.) Sometimes they can get drunk when eating too many over ripe fruit, and can even die from alcohol intoxication.

Cedar Waxwing - Souris area, PEI - © Kathy McCormack
Cedar Waxwing – Souris area, PEI – © Kathy McCormack
Cedar waxwing - Cornwall, PEI - Jan. 7, 2014 - by Don Jardine
Cedar waxwing – Cornwall, PEI – Jan. 7, 2014 – by Don Jardine
Cedar waxwing - North Rustico, PEI - Feb. 24, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Cedar waxwing – North Rustico, PEI – Feb. 24, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley
Cedar waxwing - North Rustico, PEI - Mar. 12, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Cedar waxwing, view from behind – North Rustico, PEI – Mar. 12, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley

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