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Cedar Waxwing

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A Cedar Waxwing perched on a branch | 04/17/2019


The Cedar Waxwing is a very sleek-looking, tan-colored bird with a black Zorro mask. Its tail is tipped in yellow and it has a bright red spot on its side, which is where it gets its name. It looks like a dot of red wax.

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First observation

📆 12/21/2013
📍 Los Angeles, California

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Experiences & anecdotes

05/11/2023 - I love these birds. Cedar Waxwings are known for their love of fruiting trees. They'll grab berries off the tree and toss them in the air and swallow them. They are also known to eat fermented berries and get intoxicated to the point of passing out. Last December I went on a bird walk with Bexar Audubon and there was a group of Cedar Waxwings in a tree. I was able to stand directly below them and aim my microphone skyward and captured a fantastic recording of them.

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This Cedar Waxwing shows off its wax-colored namesake | 04/07/2019

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The tail feathers of the Cedar Waxwing look dipped in yellow | 04/07/2019

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One stoic-looking bird | 04/07/2019

Audio recordings

  •  ML517118321 - 0:17
    • This group of Cedar Waxwings sang for me while I stood below the tree they were perched in. One of my highest-rated recordings on eBird.

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