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About the Cedar Waxwing

The Cedar Waxwing is a member of the waxwing family of passerine birds. It breeds in open wooded areas in North America, principally southern Canada and the northern United States.

Movements outside the breeding season are erratic, but most of the population migrates further south into the United States and beyond, sometimes as far as northern South America. It is a very rare vagrant to western Europe, with two recorded occurrences in Great Britain.

The Cedar Waxwing eats berries and sugary fruit year-round, with insects becoming an important part of the diet in the breeding season. Its fondness for the small cones of the Eastern Redcedar (a kind of juniper) gave this bird its common name.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 15 September 2006
Scientific Name Bombycilla cedrorum
  • Passeriformes
  • Bombycillidae
  • Bombycilla
  • B. cedrorum
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
6 to 7 inches
1.05 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Brkoslav Americký (Czech)
  • Cedersilkehale (Danish)
  • Cederpestvogel (Dutch)
  • Amerikantilhi (Finnish)
  • Jaseur d'Amérique (French)
  • Zedernseidenschwanz (German)
  • Beccofrusone dei Cedri (Italian)
  • ヒメレンジャク (Himerenjaku) (Japanese)
  • Einersidensvans (Norwegian)
  • Jemioluszka Cedrowa (Polish)
  • Кедровый свиристель (Russian)
  • Ampelis Americano (Spanish)
  • Indiansidensvans (Swedish)

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Baby Birdorable: Cedar Waxwing

Baby Birdorable: Cedar Waxwing

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Cedar Waxwing. After breeding season, these ... more