Cedar Waxwing (adult and young)

Wilmington, DE
3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Cedar Waxwing Length 7 inches The Cedar Waxwing is, in a special sense, a bird of beauty and distinction. Its graceful form and delicate plumage, combined with fine manners and interesting habits, go far to make it an aristorcrat among the birds. It does not come about our homes, however, with the regularity of such tried friends as Robins, Bluebirds and Thrashers. The Waxwing is gregarious save during the nesting season. The remainder of the year it wanders widely about, appearing in companies ranging from five or six up to fifty or seventy-five. It is very fond of wild cherries, blackberries and mulberries. When these are gone, it is off to some fresh feeding ground, flying in close formation and wheeling in graceful motion as it again alights. In addition to fruits and berries, the Waxwing consumes large numbers of injurious insects, and is thus very valuable to the farmer and orchardist. The nest is a compact structure of twigs, mosses, strings, wool, etc., in trees. There are four or five eggs, bluish-white and speckled with black. Classification: Order Passeres. Family Bombycillidae. Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum. Range: Throughout North America, breeding from Virginia and Missouri northward to southern Alaska. It winters throughout the United States and Mexico to Panama. No. 40 from set of 50 Winter Birds of the Northeastern United States. Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies, 1974 Broadway, New York City. Price per set, in a box, $1.00 post paid

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