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Waxwing, Cedar bird pictures


Waxwing, Cedar bird picturesCEDAR WAXWING
619. Bombycilla cedrorum. 7 inches

Plumage very soft colored with a general brownish tone, shading to gray on the rump. The Waxwings are named from the curious wax-like appendages attached to the tips of the secondaries and rarely to the tail feathers.

They are very sociable and usually feed in flocks.

They live chiefly upon fruit and are especially fond of cherries, for which reason they are very often known as Cherry-birds.

They are very tame and allow any one to almost touch them while they are feeding or sitting upon their nests.

Note. - An insignificant lisping hiss.

Nest. - A substantial structure of twigs, mosses, twine, etc., lined with fine grasses; placed in cedar trees or, when near habitations, usually in orchard trees; the four or five eggs are dull bluish white specked with black (.85 x .60).

Range. - N.A., breeding from Virginia, Missouri, and northern California north to Labrador and southern Alaska; winters throughout the United States.