Alberta Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)


The Cedar Waxwings yellow belly, yellow tail tip and cinnamon head crest identifies this species of waxwing from the Bohemian Waxwing which has a grey colored breast, grey colored  head crest and white tipped tail. They arrive briefly over a few days in large flocks during early spring migration. They forage on any dried berries or fruits left on bushes and tress from the previous year. They migrate as far north as northern Alberta and as far south as the northern tip of south America. Every spring we see large flocks cover our crab apple tree. Within minutes it is completely bare of any dried apples that were still attached from the previous summer. They will share food by actually passing fruits to others on the same branch. (Text information was provided by Alberta Government Resource Development.)

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