• Peak Breeding Activity: Spring and early summer
• Incubation: 11-13 days
• Clutch Size: 2-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 14-18 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: fruit and insects
The cedar waxwing is a sleek, crested, brown bird with waxy red tips on its secondary wing feathers and a yellow band at the tip of its tail.
Habitat and Habits
Breeders prefer riparian woodlands. Their calls are so high-pitched that people with high frequency hearing loss can't hear them. They emit soft, quiet whistled tsee-tsee-tsee sounds. Knowing this call will produce many more waxwings, as traveling flocks constantly vocalize as they pass overhead.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
A bulky cup of twigs and grass is built in a tree in the open, where a pair may raise one or two broods in a season. During incubation, the male brings food to the female. Both parents provide food to the chicks during the hatchling stage and for up to 10 days after the chicks fledge.