This magnificent creature has a black and white eye mask and beak.
“Waxwings” is their name because they have bright red wax-like markings on their wings, which look like drops of wax.
Native to North and Central America, these medium-sized birds are often seen in winter gathering by the hundreds in trees eating berries.
Summer is a great time to catch fish as they make the most of their impressive aeronautical skills by hunting insects over the rivers.
Cedar waxwings are a smaller relative of most waxwings, stretching up to 7 inches long and weighing around 30g.
Cedar waxwings are songbirds, although they don’t actually have a song. Instead, they make a few call notes.
When you hear a flock of birds using their high-pitched whistle together, you are likely to see one soon. This call is used as a warning to other birds of impending danger.
These birds are one of few that can survive for several months on a diet of fruit alone.
Honeysuckle berries are a delicacy for them. They enjoy eating these berries, and as a result, their feathers can change color from yellow to orange.
But intoxication is a common side-effect of eating overripe berries. These berries have begun to ferment, and the alcohol they produce can cause serious harm to the birds.
Females are the primary nest builders, often taking up to six days and requiring up to 2,500 trips to collect the materials needed.
Cedar waxwings are relatively common in North America. They enjoy living near fruiting trees, so you might consider adding fruit trees to your yard if you want to attract some.
Often found in open areas or the edges of woodland areas, especially if it is close to water and berry trees and bushes.
The sound of running water is a magnet for the cedar waxwings, who love bathing in shallow creeks while having a drink.
Found in pairs during the mating season, but otherwise, these birds are usually seen in large flocks numbering hundreds of them.