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Birds of Yosemite National Park (1954, 1963) by Cyril A. Stebbins and Robert C. Stebbins


WAXWINGS: Family Bombycillidae

CEDAR WAXWING
CEDAR WAXWING
CEDAR WAXWING (Bombycilla cedrorum): 6 1/2-8 in. Back brown; rump and tail grayish; throat and eye-stripe black; tail tipped with yellow; secondary wing feathers often marked with red “sealing-wax” spots; belly yellowish; crested. Usually seen in flocks. Call a high-pitched keep keep. Feeds on berries and other fruits, buds, flower parts, and insects.

When breeding frequents willows, alders, and other streamside growth or cutover forests in the Transition life zone of the humid coast. An irregular M. and widespread W. V. Occasional in fall, winter, and spring at lower elevations in the Yosemite region. Flocks have been seen in Yosemite Valley in some years.



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