Here are a couple of Cedar Wawings
who came to visit my Gazebo in
November, 2007. They're small birds, about 6-7 inches from head
to tail tip. The name "waxwing" comes from the waxy red tips on
the secondary feathers of breeding adults (male and female).
function is not known.
Cedar Waxwings are not very common
where I live (in the Santa Cruz
Mountains of Northern California) but their main food source is fruit
so if you want to attract them, try planting fruit trees.
With their coif (crest) and the bandit mask they always look like
they're too cool for school.