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Cedar waxwing

(Bombycilla cedrorum)

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Description

The American ampelis measures between 15 and 18 cm long and weighs about 30 grams.It is smaller and more brown than its close relative the European ampelis,which is (reproduced further north and west) The most prominent feature of this bird is a small group of bright red feathers on the wings,a characteristic that they share with the European ampelis (but not with the Japanese ampelis ).The tip of the tail is typically yellow or orange depending on the diet.Those that feed on berries of the caprifoliaceae of the Lonicera genus introduced from Europe while their feathers grow,will have tail feathers with a dark orange tip.Adults have a pale yellow abdomen.The immature ones have the throat and the flanks with striped spots,and often they do not have the black mask of the adults. The flight of the ampelis is strong and direct,and the movement of the flock in flight looks like that of a flock of small,pale European starlings

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum:
Class: Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Bombycillidae
Genus:Bombycilla
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