Field Guide

Discover the diverse species of Oklahoma.

Cedar Waxwing

This fairly small songbird is a little larger than a sparrow. It has sleek and soft-looking plumage. Its head, neck, back and chest are a warm brown. Its belly is a pale yellowish color and its wings and tail are grayish. It has a distinctive crest and black mask on its face. Its tail is tipped with a yellow band and some individuals show red spots on the tips of their wing feathers. Cedar waxwings are often confused with the female cardinal because of its crest and yellowish-brown plumage. They may also be confused with the Bohemian Waxwing, but it does not normally occur in Oklahoma.
This songbird is most commonly found in the eastern two-thirds of the state. This bird prefers thickets and abundant shrub cover.
Life Cycle: 
At feeders, cedar waxwings occasionally eat fruits (dried berries, raisins, currants and apple slices) and miracle meal. They are more likely attracted to water and to fruit-bearing trees and shrubs. Away from feeders they primarily eat fruit but will also eat flying insects.
Approximately 5.5-6.7 inches long. Wingspan of 8.7-11.8 inches.
How to Observe: 

A very social birds, cedar waxwings are almost always found in flocks. Flocks of 30 to 120 birds is common, but it has been seen in flocks of over 300 birds.