Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario





Bombycilla cedrorum
Cedar Waxwing


Distinguishing Features - A crested bird of brownish tones on upper side graduating to greyish toward tail which is marked with a broad yellow tip. A narrow dark band or mask runs across forehead and around eyes. Under beak, blackish graduating to brown on the throat; wings, slate coloured, sometimes with reddish appendages; abdomen and sides, pale greeny-yellow; under tail, whitish. Male and female indistinguishable but female is slightly smaller.

Cedar Waxwing Size - 16.5 - 20 cm (6.5 - 8 in).


Varied, from open and sparse, deciduous or coniferous woodlans to inhabited areas; prefers sites with small fruit-bearing trees and srubs.


Branches of trees or larger shrubs. Bulky nest is made of sticks, bark and rootlets; lined with soft materials. Eggs, 3 - 5; pale bluish-gray, dotted with black. Incubation period 12 - 14 days.


The Cedar Waxwing is generally seen in flocks. It lives on a diet of small fruits and berries, as well as insects. Its song is a high-pitched whistled hiss.

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