Cedar Waxwing Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized, sleek bird with a large head, short neck, and short, wide bill. Waxwings have a crest that often lies flat and droops over the back of the head. The wings are broad and pointed, like a starling’s. The tail is fairly short and square-tipped.

    Relative Size

    Slightly smaller than a Bohemian Waxwing

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5-6.7 in (14-17 cm)
      • Weight: 1.1 oz (32 g)
      • Wingspan: 8.7-11.8 in (22-30 cm)