Cedar Waxwing

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These two cedar waxwings were found in Chapel Hill. This photo was taken of the pair eating the fruit from the tree.

Taxonomy

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Bombycillidae

Fun Fact!

According to All About Birds, “the name “waxwing” comes from the waxy red secretions found on the tips of the secondaries of some birds. The exact function of these tips is not known, but they may help attract mates.” (http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cedar_waxwing/lifehistory)

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