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Cedar Waxwing Facts
To find a cedar waxwing, follow the fruit. These forest birds have an exceptional ability to survive off fruit alone for months at a time and can be found in the summer months gulping down berries whole without even spitting out the seeds. Their fruit obsession can reach such a fever pitch that they consume past-ripe and fermented fruits, causing some cedar waxwings to fall drunk or even die.
Adult male and females are distinguished by prominent black eye masks, outlined in white. They have coffee-brown bodies with pale yellow bellies and yellow-tipped black tails. Cedar waxwings have a crest that tends to droop down at the back, much like a bad toupee. Juveniles are a more muted brown with whitish bellies and small black eye masks.
Primarily forest birds, cedar waxwings can be found anywhere there’s a good source of fruit in summer and winter (they are in part named for their love of wintertime cedar berries). Also found in suburban and urban parks and gardens.
Cedar waxwings are highly social and travel in packs. They’re especially adept at grabbing berries and insects while still in mid-flight. (They switch over to a more insect-based diet in breeding months.)
Call is a very high-pitched whistle that sounds like seeee.
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