National Wildlife Federation Wildlife Postcard Series 501 - 8. Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) Here is one of our handsomest song birds. The lovely Cedar Waxwing is noted for his politeness. For reasons not definitely established, Cedar Waxwings have time and again been seen to pass food along - one to the other. It may be they are feeling well satisfied - but whatever the reason they politely pass along a choice cherry or seed. Although much of their food is composed of weed seeds and insects, they have a definite fondness for fruit and are not always welcome in the orchard or garden. They are sociable, friendly birds and once the nesting season is over they gather in large flocks and stay together through the winter.