Cedar Waxwing

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 15 September 2006
Scientific Name
Bombycilla cedrorum
  • Passeriformes
  • Bombycillidae
  • Bombycilla
  • B. cedrorum
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6 to 7 inches
1.05 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Brkoslav Americký
Danish (Dansk) Cedersilkehale
Dutch (Nederlands) Cederpestvogel
Finnish (Suomi) Amerikantilhi
French (Français) Jaseur d'Amérique
German (Deutsch) Zedernseidenschwanz
Italian (Italiano) Beccofrusone dei Cedri
Japanese (日本語) ヒメレンジャク (Himerenjaku)
Norwegian (Norsk) Einersidensvans
Polish (Polski) Jemioluszka Cedrowa
Russian (русский язык) Кедровый свиристель
Spanish (Español) Ampelis Americano
Swedish (Svenska) Indiansidensvans
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