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Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

11 x 14" claybord

This Cedar Waxwing was feasting on the berries directly below him when I happened to see him or her in the Serviceberry tree.  Sugary fruits dominate the diet of the Cedar Waxwing. They breed later in the year because of the abundance of summer-ripening fruits.  This Passerine is a true frugivoe, absorbing nutrients from the fruit pulp and then passing the seeds intact back to the environment.  Its numbers have increased in recent years along with the creation of edge habitats and planting of fruiting trees in rural and urban areas.  The Cedar Waxwing is known for its red waxy appendages on wing tips.  However, they are missing on the one above, perhaps because this is a female or juvenile.  Males have a dark, black face mask which extends below into the chin area.  It is similar but lighter in females.  Also, females tend to be heavier than the males.