Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) - HBW 10, p. 317

French: Jaseur d’Amérique German: Zedernseidenschwanz Spanish: Ampelis Americano
Other common names: Cedar Bird

Taxonomy: Bombycilla cedrorum Vieillot, 1808, Pennsylvania, USA.
Birds from N of range named as race aquilonia, but description based on wintering individuals of uncertain origin, and slight colour differences seem unreliable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cedrorum Viellot, 1808 - breeds extreme S Alaska and S Yukon E across C & S Canada to Newfoundland, S in E USA to N Georgia; non-breeding regularly S to Costa Rica.
  • larifuga Burleigh, 1963 - breeds SW Canada and W USA S to N California; non-breeding S probably to at least W Mexico.

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