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Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

Cedar Waxwing
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 7 in. (18 cm)
During migration and the winter, tight flocks of this subtly colored species are likely to show up any where there are fruits available - in cities, suburbs or open forests. The red tips on the wing feathers look like wax and thus the name. Insects are only eaten to feed young nestlings. The nest is a bulky affair placed at mid to high levels of a tall tree. The four-digit banding code is CEDW.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Oak-pine woodland
Oak-pine woodland

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Urban city
Urban city

Savanna
Savanna

Mesquite bosque
Mesquite bosque

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Male
Buzzing (sound type)
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