Language English Laurentian Maple Forest Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe cedar waxwing is a brown bird with a black crest and mask. It has a yellow line at the base of the tail and two waxy red spots at the tip of the wings in the adult. It has a soft whistling call. ReproductionCedar waxwings search for a nesting site as soon as they arrive in the nesting area. They nest late because their diet is fruit based. They build a nest in a tree or shrub, often near the tip of a branch. The female lays 4 or 5 eggs each summer. These gregarious birds defend only a small space around their nests. DietThe adults feed in small groups on fruit and small insects that they capture in flight. The young are first fed insects, but the parents switch them quickly to fruit. The species helps to spread the seeds of the fruit it eats. PredatorsCowbirds lay their eggs in these birds' nests, but cedar waxwings react by producing a second clutch and ejecting the cowbird egg. HabitatThese birds frequent a wide variety of habitats, from urban parks and suburbs to the edges of water courses, forest clearings and the edges of mixed and deciduous forests. Ecology, behaviourCedar waxwings, which feed in flocks, are easy to identify with their soft whistling. In late summer, they visit fruit trees to feed on their fruit. The species has an especially interesting courtship ritual, in which the partners share fruit. The male hops sideways toward the female, proffering a piece of fruit or a berry that he is holding in his mouth. The female will then do the same. French nameJaseur d'Amérique Scientific nameBombycilla cedrorumPhylumChordataClassBirdsOrderPasseriformesFamilyBombycillidaeSizeLength: 16.5 to 20 cmWeightAverage weight of male: 30.6 g (25.5 to 39.6); average weight of female: 33.1 g (28 to 40.2)Life spanRecord: 7 yearsStatusLeast Concern (IUCN). Common species.