The cedar waxwing is a robin sized songbird that is found in the northern United States and southern Canada. Birds that breed in the northern US are typically year round residents while birds that breed in Canada often migrate south to the US, Mexico and Central America for the winter. Show More Summary
A pair of Cedar Waxwings could not be more perfectly posed than they are for this photo.
One of my new year's resolutions which was actually not a resolution, and wasn't made in January, was to lose the extra pounds around the waist (there's a resolution no one ever thought of before...), so I have been walking, walking, walking for several months now. Show More Summary
Cedar Waxwing ( Bombycilla cedrorum) I'm told that today is National Bird Day (thanks, Randall), which was convenient to today's post since I was already collecting pictures of birds from my last two days of neighborhood exploration....Show More Summary
Waxwings are a family (Bombycillidae) of passerine birds characterized by their soft, silky plummage. Some of the wing feathers have unique red tips where the shafts extend beyond the barbs; in the Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax, and give the group its common name. 1. Show More Summary
Q: Did you know that nandina berries are poisonous to cedar waxwings? A: A recent observation of mass death among cedar waxwings was followed by a veterinary necropsy. The doctors found huge amounts of nandina berries in the cedar waxwing bird’s crops. Feeding Behavior-Related Toxicity due to Nandina domestica in Cedar Waxwings I’ll leave it up to [...]
Today, I’ve been surrounded by animal talk. It’s a glorious day – very warm for this time of year in Colorado. I had a window open and approximately 50 birds (mostly cedar waxwings and robins) were feasting on the berries produced by the tree in front of my house. The sounds of all those birds really got my cat going. Show More Summary
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It’s that time of year again. Sidewalks are speckled, cars are spattered. Flocks of Cedar Waxwings are buzzing everywhere, streaked juveniles mingling with creamy adults on their pilgrimages through the parks, gorging as they go. American Robins are coming up off the lawns to partake as well. In short, the berries are ripe, and I [...]
A new report in the Journal of Ornithology reports that cedar waxwings are flying drunkenly to their deaths at an alarming rate due to their habit of gorging on berries. Here’s more on this drunken mayhem: Cedar waxwings have evolved to live on a diet that averages 84 per cent fruit. But those evolutionary innovations [...]
Between 2005 and 2007, Angelenos noticed that almost entire flocks of cedar waxwings were slamming into their windows and fences in broad daylight. Residents sent them off to a lab to figure out why the heck the birds were dying en masse, and now a Journal of Ornithology study (via a New Scientist article) explains what happened. [ more › ]
What’s weird in science this week? The cedar waxwing has, it’s been discovered, the ability to let berries ferment in its esophagus, making it a perpetual drunk. Climate change has [...]
New Scientist:After overindulging in berries, flocks of cedar waxwings flew drunkenly to their doom. That's the conclusion of a new report in the Journal of Ornithology. ...[T]he downfall of the flocks came from eating too many berries. Show More Summary
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Waxwing taken by Remo Savisaar Click through on the link to see more of his gorgeous photos of Waxwings in this setting. We call these Cedar Waxwings at our house. But the berry picking behavior is altogether familiar. There is nothing like seeing a flock of these beauties descend on a bush, twittering like crazy, and picking it clean in about ten minutes.
Consider, says David Barash, the unruffled neatness of a cedar waxwing.
Cedar Waxwing couple By: Pat Coate In May the Cattaraugus Bird Club had some outings at the Eschelman Tract of Pfeiffer Nature Center. During one of these outings I had the opportunity to observe this pair of cedar waxwings. They engaged in the classic “side-hop” and mate feeding courtship behavior described in the Stokes Nature [...]
Cedar Waxwings - Selman Ranch Harper County, Oklahoma March 2010 ©trryan
Waxwings are among the most beautiful of passerines and when one gets good looks at any of the three species that occur worldwide those looks are almost always among the highlights of a birding day. In North America there are two species of waxwing that one might encounter. The careful and prepared observer will have [...] a