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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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Ray gave a tip for those searching for waxwing: "Keep an eye open at supermarket car parks.
It is a bird that you cannot help but admire and one, once seen, that is never forgotten." Ornithologists feel this winter's invasion may even eclipse the waxwing deluge of 2009 when hundreds gathered in Meriden.
The Waxwing is basically a new design, selling for a few seasons now with little competition.
And so we have yet another overindulgent waxwing story to add to the compendium of overindulgent waxwing stories in our family.
Morgan: I'm in Sharks and Cody is in Waxwing. Sharks ended before we really got going with this touring-all-the-time thing.
Passage rate, energetics, and utilization efficiency of the Cedar Waxwing. Wilson Bulletin 96:680--684.
- 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.
As waxwings will travel long distances in search of food, when they find a suitable tree or bush, they gorge themselves on the fruit.
AWINTER isn't really winter without the sighting of a waxwing or two.
Another winter visitor to look for is of course the exotic looking waxwing. We are visited by waxwings most winters but periodically they come in surprisingly high numbers - known as irruptions - usually when the Scandinavian berry crop fails.
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.