As you can see from the photo, the Cedar Waxwing is a medium-sized, sleek bird with a large head, and short, wide bill. The Waxwings have a crest that often lies flat and droops over the back of the head. The wings are broad and square.
A treat to find for Photographers, but difficult to capture a good image due to their almost non-reflective feathers that can fool camera sensors + the dark band around the eyes does not lend itself to easy bird photography. Cedar Waxwing is a silky, shiny brown, gray, and lemon-yellow, accented with a subdued crest, rakish black mask, and brilliant-red wax droplets on the wing feathers. In fall these birds gather by the hundreds to eat berries, filling the air with their high, thin, whistles. In summer you’re as likely to find them flitting about over rivers in pursuit of flying insects, where they show off dazzling aeronautics for a forest bird.