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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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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.
My thought is, the Waxwing is a hybrid of plug-spoon-and-jig, the kind of lure you might turn to in a situation where you want casting distance, with swimming action, minus the snags.
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.
Passage rate, energetics, and utilization efficiency of the Cedar Waxwing.
We compared waxwing and kingbird nests at three levels: nest habitat (a 50-m diam circle centered on the nest tree), nest patch (the innermost 20-m diam circle centered on the nest tree) and nest site (location of the nest in the nest tree).
During the 1989-1990 winter the increase in robin and waxwing densities corresponded with the beginning of Ashe juniper fruit ripening in early December.
Most recently, he founded and led WaxWing Group, a global business development and advisory firm.
The Mynach ponies owned by nonagenarian Miss Margaret Gethin of Inverness, have been based at Waxwing Stud ever since they left Devon for Scotland 35 years ago and have had an enormous influence on the section B breed over the years.
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.
The waxwing - identified by a distinctive crest on its head - only visits the UK when driven from its traditional feeding grounds by a lack of food.