The red waxy tips (secretions plumage} on the Cedar Waxwings, could be to a way to tell about how old the waxwing is. The young waxwings could have from 0 to 5 waxy red tips. As the waxwing age they will grow more red waxy tips. The older waxwings are the ones that have more than nine they say.
When they fan their feathers out you can see how many red tips that the bird has.This one is only showing three on this one side. When the bird fans it feathers out it could have more.
The older waxwings are higher up on the social ladder. They also will start nesting sooner than the younger waxwings and will they will raise more babies.
One waxwing said," Let's gather at the water place and play a game of who is king or queen of the rock. Remember, what happens at the rock, stays at the rock."
After fussing at other waxwings, the king of the rock gives the queen a kiss to makeup. Along comes the Boss, Mr. Robin to break the group up. They had fun while it lasted. The photos here were taken in November.
The Cedar Waxwings like to eat fruits, berries, and insects. They are very sociable birds; they go hunting for their food with other waxwings. I have seen waxwings sitting on a branch passing berries, from one to another one down the line, until one waxwing swallows it.
They say the cedar waxwings got their name from the red color on the tip of their wing and also from the cedar berries that they like to eat.