Cedar Waxwing
Bombycilla cedrorum CT2
Cedar Waxwing, Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area, Quebec, Canada
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Superfamily: Bombycilloidea
Family: Bombycillidae
Genus: Bombycilla
Species: B. cedrorum
Binomial name
Bombycilla cedrorum
Viellot, 1808
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Cedar waxwing range
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Ampelis cedrorum

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Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum is a species of waxwing in the Bombycilla genus and Bombycillidae family. They are closely related to the Bohemian Waxwing and Japanese Waxwing. The Cedar Waxwing has two subspecies, cedrorum and larifuga,[2] but is sometimes considered monotypic.[3][4]

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Other common names Canada Robin, Cedar Bird, Cherry-bird, Recellent, Southern Waxwing.[5]
French Jaseur d’Amérique
German Zedernseidenschwanz
Spanish Ampelis Americano
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It has a length of c. 15.5 cm (6.1 in) and a weight of c. 32 g (1.1 oz).[2] Sexes similar, but males have a black throat and females have a browner throat.[4] Differences are subtle and may be challenging to see under most field conditions.[4]

Smaller than Bohemian Waxwing, with pale yellow belly and whitish undertail coverts.[4] Tip of tail usually yellow, broadest in males.[4] In much of Eastern North America, however; the introduction of an exotic honeysuckle − with the red carotenoid rhodoxanthin — has led to it moulting in the tail feathers with an orangish tip;[4] the exact colour depends upon how much honeysuckle it eats during its moult.[4]

Similar species

Bohemian Waxwing is similar but larger, greyer, has rufous undertail coverts, white bar on primary coverts and chestnut wash on face.[4] A juvenile Cedar can be separated by a Bohemian by its lack of white wing patches, and lack of any rufous on undertail coverts.[4]



Besides fruit, eats sap from maple trees, and flower petals of apple and pecan trees. Eats many insects in summer, especially elm leaf beetles, weevils, carpenter ants, sawfly larvae, cicadas, scale insects, caterpillars, and especially fond of cankerworms; feeds very young nestlings insects, but within a few days, adds cherries or berries, which adults carry in throat to young.[5][6]


Emits a faint, high-pitched thrilled whistle consisting of tseee-tseee-tseee,[7] higher and less trilled than Bohemian.[4] Also, a long, high, pure seeeee; and a shorter descending sweew, longer than analogous call of Bohemian.[4] Does not sing.[4]




  1. ^ "Bombycilla cedrorum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Mountjoy, J. (2016). Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2016).
  3. ^ Gill, F & D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird List (v 6.1). doi : 10.14344/IOC.ML.6.1.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Dunn, Jon L. and Alderfer, Jonathan (2011). National Geographic Completely Birds of North America. National Geographic Society. ISBN 9781426213731. 
  5. ^ a b Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 
  6. ^ Cedar Waxwing. In Life histories of North American wagtails, shrikes, vireos and their allies. ed. A.C. Bent. US Natl Mus. Bull. no. 196. Washington, DC.
  7. ^ Krista Kagume (2005). Compact Guide to Ontario Birds. Lone Pine Publishing. ISBN 1551054671. 

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