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Cedar Waxwing
Bombycilla cedrorum

Starlings, Pipits and Waxwings
Waxwing Family (Bombycillidae)

Size: Length: 16.5-20.5 cm Wingspan: 28-31 cm

Description: Common in the summer, but absent from the mountains in winter, the cedar waxwing is our other masked and crested resident. It is smaller than the bohemian waxwing, and lighter in colour. The head, crest, back and upper wing are cinnamon-brown. there is a dark eye mask and throat. The mask is lightly outlined with white. The breast is cinnamon-brown fading to yellowish on the belly. The wing primaries are slate-gray with small patches of red visible. The dark tail has a yellow tip and a white underside. The underside of the tail on the bohemian waxwing is reddish, and the breast is gray.

Like their relative, they feed on insects and fruit, relying on fruit more in the summer. During courtship, the male will approach the female with a berry in his beak. If she accepts it, she will hop away with it, return and give it back to him. After trading the berry back and forth several times, she will eat it and after numerous dancing displays, they will eventually mate. They nest in either a deciduous or coniferous tree, building a cup-shaped nest using twigs, lichens, and other local materials. They raise two broods per season.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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