(Bombycilla cedrorum). Patient Number 21-1593.

Date of admission: September 26, 2021.
Reason for admission: Shoulder injury.

Patient History:
Did you know that the cedar waxwing is one of very few birds in North America that can survive for several months eating only fruit? Because they eat so much fruit, they occasionally become intoxicated when they ingest overripe berries that have started to ferment and produce alcohol.  

Typically only a summer resident in Alberta, these birds winter in the southern half of the United States. They are smaller and browner than their close relative, the bohemian waxwing, which typically spend winters in the province. Cedar waxwings prefer wooded areas, especially those with berry and water sources close by. They are attracted by the sound of running water, and love to bathe and drink in shallow creeks.

Often seen in large flocks, cedar waxwings are social birds and are non-territorial. The name, “waxwing” comes from the waxy red secretions found on the secondary feather tips of some birds.

After a suspected window strike, this cedar waxwing was rescued and brought to AIWC for care. She suffered from a right shoulder injury and is still recovering at AIWC. Unfortunately she was not able to recover in time to make her migration south, so she will remain at AIWC until the spring when she has fully recovered and her species has returned to Alberta. Thank you for providing for her care!

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