Cedar Waxwing

Bobycilla cedrorum

At Christmas, many people decorate evergreen trees with lights to make them prettier. Mother Nature decorates them with cedar waxwings to accomplish the same.

Cedar waxwings spend the winter across most of Kansas, normally in cities or woodlands where they can find berries, like those on cedar or hackberry trees.

Their body feathers carry a sheen that almost doesn’t look real. Their lemon-colored tailband seems neon, even in low light.

Cedar waxwings are social birds, often traveling in flocks of a few dozen or more. They also have a habit of passing berries from bird to bird until one finally eats it.