cedar waxwing


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cedar waxwing widely distributed over temperate North America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n cedar waxwing (Zoöl) a species of chatterer (Bombycilla cedrorum, formerly Ampelis cedrorum) widely distributed over temperate North America, so named from its frequenting cedar trees; -- called also cedar bird cherry bird Canada robin, and American waxwing. It is a brownish bird about 7 inches long, between the size of a robin and a sparrow, has a crest on the head, a black face mask, and a yellow-tipped tail. The name comes from the black color of the tips of the wings, like that of a black sealing wax. They sometimes are seen in flocks.
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In literature:

Cedar-bird, or Cedar waxwing (Ampelis cedrorum).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Male: splendid cardinal-red, with a black throat and band about the coral-red bill, and a fine long crest, like a Cedar Waxwing's.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
The Waxwings, both the Cedar Bird and Bohemian Waxwing, feed principally upon berries, etc., which they find throughout the year.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
The cedar waxwing is a strange bird, with a very pronounced species-individuality, totally unlike any other bird of our country.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
The Cedar Waxwings arrive late in the spring.
"Endurance Test" by Alan Douglas
Best known is the CEDAR WAXWING, or CEDAR-BIRD.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

Pretty birds and funny birds,
All our native fowl
From the little cedar waxwing
To the Great Horned Owl.
"John James Audobon" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

James Hendrickson saw this Cedar Waxwing eating icy berries in New Jersey.
Cedar Waxwing Click to enlarge.
Cedar waxwings, like this one dining at the Kyles, love the fall and winter berries.
If I am lucky, one day cedar waxwings will visit to snack.
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Candor, New York, June 4, 2006, at 1:31 pm, by Robert Strickland.
Cedar Waxwing Click to enlarge.
Persimmon season usually lasts well into October, and some trees hold their fruit even into winter — until cedar waxwings and robins clean them off.
A cedar waxwing in the branches of a tree near Lake Estes.
On one of our morning walks, my wife Mary Alice, and I found a dead cedar waxwing laying on the sidewalk.