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Cedar Waxwing

The cedar waxwing has a number of distinctive elements that make it a popular subject for carvers.

By: Jerry Poindexter
Updated August 02, 2016
Photography by Glenn Bartley

The cedar waxwing gets its name from the wax-like “spangles” on the secondaries. Its mask and crest provide a couple more distinguishing characteristics.

A crested bird with a black mask, measuring between six and eight inches in length, the cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) has subtle blended browns and a yellow tail band at the tips of the tail feathers. The red wax-like appendages of the secondaries from which the bird gets part of its name are sometimes missing. The waxwing eats a lot of fruit, so the other half of its name comes from its propensity to consume the berries from cedar trees.

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I have not carved a Cedar Waxwing Bird yet. I have been taking Wood Carving and Whittling classes. I came across this site by looking on the internet and wood like to know how to carve this bird and other birds. The Cedar Waxwing is a pretty bird and I wood like to know where I could find the carving instructions.

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