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Cedar Waxwing

Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum

The Cedar Waxwing’s sweet tooth is typically met with berries. During winter months, particularly in more temperate places where freezing and thawing occurs regularly, berries may ferment, producing alcohol. Cedar Waxwings are known to occasionally become intoxicated by consuming these treats!

A special pigment provides the red, wax-like tips on the secondaries that give the waxwing its name. These colored tips may provide a status symbol during courtship, and they certainly add visual appeal to what is a subtlety-plumaged but beautiful species.