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any of three species of perching songbirds of the Northern Hemisphere. Waxwings have crests (raised only in alarm) and sleek brownish-gray plumage with flecks of red pigment resembling sealing wax on the wings and a yellow band on the tail tip. The cedar waxwing, called cherry bird and cedar bird, breeds throughout most of Canada and the United States. The Bohemian, or greater, waxwing is more northern in distribution, ranging into the United States only rarely in winter. It is found in N Europe and Asia as well as in N North America. The third species, the Japanese waxwing, is found only in NE Asia. Waxwings are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Bombycillidae, genus Bombycilla.
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David Blair and Tom Best of the Waxwing Stud having been responsible for the top-price of the sale at PS9,000, then secured the second and third-highest at PS4,000 and PS3,800 on behalf of their Australian friend, Dr Harry Cooper of the Arcadian Stud.
The biggest gathering - of 60 hungry waxwings - was reported in the Dosthill area of Tamworth, but smaller flocks have been recorded in Corley and Middleton Hall, Tamworth, where 25 were counted.
And so we have yet another overindulgent waxwing story to add to the compendium of overindulgent waxwing stories in our family.
Cody: Waxwing, we just put out a new record in October.
During the 1989-1990 winter the increase in robin and waxwing densities corresponded with the beginning of Ashe juniper fruit ripening in early December.
Ivy isn't always popular but its flowers attract insects, which birds love to eat, and its winter berries are a firm favourite of thrushes, waxwings, starlings, jays and blackbirds.
A possible source for the rhodoxanthin in some Cedar Waxwing tails.
Away from the Brussels bear-pit, Denbigh residents enjoyed visits from a Waxwing flock feasting on cotoneaster berries.
The show will also feature a rookery in Norfolk and sea ducks arriving on the Dornoch Firth on the north east coast of Scotland, from Scandinavia, from where the waxwing also makes its journey.
brainhaldorf: Bears now training in Taunton watched by two seagulls and a confused waxwing.
Out there, a lot of fishermen use the Shimano Waxwing lures, which dart in an exaggerated Z-shape while remaining upright.
Alf King, a member of the birdwatchers' club, told It's Our World there has only been three recorded sightings of the distinctive waxwing in Huddersfield so far this year - with people spotting the distinctive birds in Greenhead Park.