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Cedar Waxwing

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Caption: Cedar Waxwing
Scientific name: Bombycilla cedrorum
Location: Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Copyright: © Ann & Rob Simpson
AGPix ID: AGPix_RoAnSi18_0256
Photo Alignment: 35mm (vertical)
Comments: The Cedar Waxing specializes in eating fleshy fruits with a high sugar content. They are social year-round and nest in clusters sometimes wondering great distances in flocks searching for food.

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