Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum

The Cedar Waxwing is one of only three waxwing species (family Bombycillidae) worldwide. Their winter range lies within the southern half of the USA, and south through Mexico and Central America. They are resident in the northern half of the USA and southernmost Canada. In summer, the heartiest among them migrate north to latitudes in central Canada, from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. These birds breed in open wooded areas.

I’ve enjoyed the company of these sleek and elegant birds not only in California, Arizona, and Oregon, but as far north as British Columbia and southern Alaska, and as far south as south Texas.

Today, science does not recognise any subspecies of Cedar Waxwings (i.e. they are monotypic).

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