Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedorum

About This Animal

SIZE: 7.25 inches

RANGE: Widespread over North America

HABITAT: Open woodlands, orchards and park-like settings

DIET: Mainly fruits and berries

ON EXHIBIT: Cove Forest in River Journey

Sexes are similar with mostly greenish -brown plumage with a obvious crest and a black mask and a yellow band at the end of their tail.  They are called “waxwings” because of the waxy red tips on their secondary feathers.
This gregarious species is a regular spring, fall and winter visitor to the Aquarium plaza where flocks feed enthusiastically on holly and other fruiting trees. 

Even though Cedar Waxwings are a fairly common species in the wild they are quite rare in captivity.