Plumage/Description: A striking bird not easily confused with any other species that occurs in this area. Male and female plumage similar. Distinguishing features include a black mask through the eyes, a crest, and red ‘waxy’ tips on the wings, and yellow ‘waxy’ tips on the tail are all diagnostic.
Habitat: Residential areas, Pinyon/Juniper, Riparian/Deciduous
Time of year: Winter, Spring
Relative Abundance: Uncommon in winter, more common during migration, particularly in spring. Unpredictable–nomadic in behavior.
Behavior: Usually occurs in flocks. They typically vocalize in flight sothey are often heard before they are seen. Fly quickly, in a tight formation. Like Western Bluebirds, will frequent bird baths as a flock, coming to the water in large numbers at the same time. Typically seen in berry producing trees or shrubs where they will consume large quantities of berries.
Diet: Berries, fruit, buds, blossoms, insects
Similar species: Bohemian Waxwing
Best Sites: Residential settings, Watson Woods.