Backyard Birds 2022

Photography Animals posted on Apr 14, 2022
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Description


Cedar Waxwings with orange instead of yellow tail tips began appearing in the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada in the 1960s. The orange color is the result of a red pigment picked up from the berries of an introduced species of honeysuckle. If a waxwing eats enough of the berries while it is growing a tail feather, the tip of the feather will be orange.

Comments (1)


PhthaloBlue 4:30PM | Thu, 14 April 2022

Lovely photo - interesting info about their change in colouring. I hadn't heard that about them before.

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