POTD 7/31/21

July 31, 2021  •  1 Comment

CEDAR WAXWING - Waxwings get their name from the small red tips on the feathers of their inner wing, which reminded the early naturalists of the red sealing wax used on important letters. The birds' red markings are not wax, of course, but keratin (the same substance in the rest of the feathers)  formed into a solid, flat tip and decorated with red pigment.


Ruth R Dubbs(non-registered)
A very stunning bird!
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