cedar waxwing

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cedar waxwing

A North American bird (Bombycilla cedrorum) having a crested head, a yellow-tipped tail, and waxy red tips on the secondary wing feathers.

[Probably so called because it eats the berries of the red cedar.]

ce′dar wax′wing

a North American waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum, having light yellowish brown plumage. Also called ce′dar bird`.
[1835–45, Amer.]
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Noun1.cedar waxwing - widely distributed over temperate North Americacedar waxwing - widely distributed over temperate North America
waxwing - brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
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During a given trial, territorial "chatter" calls of squirrels or songs of Yellow-headed Blackbirds or Cedar Waxwings were played at the base of the nest tree to increase model detectability (Ghalambor and Martin 2002).
guttatus NAM Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina NTM American Robin Turdus migratorius NAM Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis NTM Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum NAM European Starling Sturnus vulgaris PER Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum NAM Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina NTM Orange-crowned Warbler V.
Timing of arrival, numbers, and fruit eating habits of wintering American Robins (Turdus migratorius) and Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) were studied during two consecutive years (1989-90, 1990-91) in the Edwards Plateau region of central Texas.
Cedar Waxwing was the only species where no individuals were recaptured.
It was a young cedar waxwing, which was lying on its back on the deck.
American holly trees are a major food source for winter-migrating flacks of small birds such as the cedar waxwing and American goldfinch, and stands of hollies are an important fast food stop in their migrations.
Five species were recaptured more frequently on Star Island: Cedar Waxwing, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, and Purple Finch.
Then came back out to find a lone Cedar Waxwing inside the cage, unhappily trying to get out.
For example, the toyon - a large, berry-producing shrub - attracts fruit-eating birds such as the northern mockingbird or the cedar waxwing.
Twelve species were captured more frequently than expected on Star Island (scientific names in Table 1): Traill's Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cedar Waxwing, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat (fall, not tested in spring), Savannah Sparrow (spring, not tested in fall), Lincoln's Sparrow (fall but not spring), Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow (fall but not spring), and Purple Finch.
Species Peak hourly passage Peak daily (date) passage (a) (date) Eastern Kingbird 25,000 (5 Sep 2003) 35,000 (5 Sep 2003) American Robin 12,000 (28 Nov 2004) 20,000 (28 Nov 2004) Cedar Waxwing 3,500 (22 Nov 2002) 7,000 (22 Nov 2002) Yellow Warbler 800 (b) (31 Aug 2004) 1,200 (23 Aug 2009) Yellow-rumped Warbler 4,500 (22 Nov 2002) 12,500 (23 Nov 2002) Indigo Bunting 880 (15 Oct 2002) 1,000 (15 Oct 2002) (a) All counts were obtained during [less than or equal to] 3 hrs of counting.