Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum
Cedar Waxwings belong to the family Bombyicillidae, of which there are only three different species. Waxwings have secondary flight-feathers that are tipped in a red waxy substance. For the most part they eat small fruit, and occasionally supplement their diet with insects. I saw some this summer moving along a row of fruiting trees in the arboretum that lines the North Shore Channel in Evanston, IL. I think the one that I prepared as a study skin had been at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Anytime I see a photo of a waxwing, I marvel at the almost airbrushed quality of the subtle color transitions within their plumage. It was good to be able to see that up close. I just finished this painting today, and hope that within the next week or so I may be able to offer it as limited edition print in my Etsy shop.
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