It is a medium sized bird about 6 to 7 in (15 to 18 cm) long and an average mass of 30 g. They are smaller and more brown than their close relative,the Bohemian Waxming. It is a silky, shiny collection of brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. Its tail is short, square tipped and yellow or orange in color. Adults have a pale yellow belly.

Habitat and Distribution

Preffered habitat consists of open forests that provide access to berries and water nearby. In urban environments waxmings favor parkland, with golf courses, cemetries, fountains etc. They are also found in farms, gardens, and orchards. Outside the breeding season, Cedar Waxwings often feed in large flocks. The species is nomadic reaching as far as northern South America. Rare vagrants have reached western Europe.


It eats Cedar cones, sugary fruit. Insects are an important part of the diet during breeding season.


The 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 m above ground. Usually 5 or 6 eggs are laid and the female incubates them for 11 to 13 days.The eggs are oval shaped with a smooth surface and very little, if any, gloss. Their shells have various shades of light or bluish grey with irregular, dark brown spots.

Calls and Songs

Their calls include very high-pitched whistles and buzzy trills about a half second long often represented as see or sree described as high, thin, whistles. They call when in flight.