Cedar Waxwing

Photo by Joe Watts

In Alabama during: Fall | Spring | Winter

Cedar Waxwings are beautiful birds with an unusual lifestyle. They travel through Alabama in large flocks during the fall, winter and early spring, searching for fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, such as Hackberry, Eastern Red Cedar, Black Cherry, and American Holly. In the summer, these nomads raise their young on insects and fruit in the northern U.S. and Canada.

FUN FACT: Cedar Waxwings are named for the waxy red tips on the end of their wing feathers. The number and size of the wax tips increase as the bird ages.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Bombycilla cedrorum

STATUS: Breeder. Common in winter, spring, and fall, and rare in summer in Mountain and Tennessee Valley regions. In Gulf Coast and Inland Coastal Plain regions, common in winter, spring, and fall, and occasional in summer. Lowest Conservation Concern.

Learn more from Cornell’s All About Birds