Cedar Waxwing - Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)

Bird, Urban Adapter

  • Year-round range is spotty across roughly the northern one-third of the United States. Wintering range is approximately southern half to two-thirds of the United States.
  • Waxwings are migratory birds
  • Year-round plumage is brownish on the back and wings and yellowish chest and belly, feather crest extends off top of head, and end of tail is yellow. Male and female look alike
  • Habitat includes open grassy areas interspersed with trees
  • Herbivore and insectivore, eating fruit and insects