Cedar WaxwingCedar waxwings are greyish birds with a crest at the top of their head. Their breasts are yellow in color. The tip of their tail is also yellow. The tips of their wings look as if they are dipped in red wax. They also appear as if they are wearing a black mask. The mask appears after the first year and the wax tips on the the wings appear after the second year. The cedar in their name comes from their preference for eating small blueberry-like cones of the cedar.
Cedar waxwings are social birds, meaning that you are likely to see them in flocks year round. They can be found in woodlands, orchards, farms, and gardens where they can eat berries and small insects. Tail feathers can also appear orange if the bird eats enough berries while they feathers are growing. Waxwings are unique in that they are able to pass the seeds of fruit, while many birds regurgitate them. They can often become intoxicated and occasionally dies due to the amount of fruit that they eat.
These birds are absolutely beautiful. I would love to photograph them someday, but have not yet had the chance. They have such vibrant colors and feathers that appear so slick and let the light bounce off of them. The pictures of the birds often made even more beautiful because they are surrounded by berries. Their unique color patterns make them easy to spot in bushes and easy to identify.