Cedar Waxwing

Martin Smart

Nanaimo, Canada

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Featured in “High Quality Animal Images” August 2010
Featured in “The Birds” August 2010
Featured in “Pacific Northwest” August 2010

Cedar Waxwings are passerine birds and breed in open wooded areas in North America, mainly southern Canada and the northern United States.
They are approximately 6–7 in (15–18 cm) in length and weigh around 30 grams. They eat berries and sugary fruit year-round, but insects become an important part of the diet in the breeding season.
Their preferred habitat consists of trees at the edge of wooded areas, or open forests, especially those that provide access to sources of berries as well as water. Waxwings are attracted to the sound of running water, and love to bathe and drink from shallow creeks.
Their nest is a loose open cup built with grass and twigs, lined with softer materials and supported by a tree branch averaging 2 to 6 meters above ground but sometimes much higher. They usually lay 5 or 6 eggs and the female incubates them for 12 to 16 days. The young leave the nest about 14 to 18 days after hatching.
Cedar Waxwings are also known as the Southern Waxwing, Canada Robin, Cedar Bird, Cherry Bird, or Recellet.

This Cedar Waxwing was photographed at Kings Pond, Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Canon 20D
1/640sec f9 ISO 400
500mm lens + 1.4x converter

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