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Waxwings

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Waxwing
Bohemian Waxwings
 
Bohemian Waxwings
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
 
Phylum: Chordata
 
Class: Aves
 
Order: Passeriformes
 
Family: Bombycillidae
 
Genus: Bombycilla
Vieillot, 1808
Species
B. garrulus
B. japonica
B. cedrorum

The waxwings are a group of passerine birds characterised by soft silky plumage and unique red tips to some of the wing feathers. In the Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings, these tips look like sealing wax, and give the group its name.

These are arboreal birds of northern forests. They live on insects in summer and berries in winter.

They are not true long-distance migrants, but wander erratically outside the breeding season and move south from their summer range in winter. In poor berry years huge numbers can erupt well beyond their normal range.

Some authorities (including the Sibley-Monroe checklist) place the silky-flycatchers, and the Hypocolius, in family Bombycillidae along with the waxwings.

Species

  • Bohemian Waxwing, B. garrulus
    Japanese Waxwing, B. japonica
    Cedar Waxwing, B. cedrorum

Quote

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain
By the false azure of the windowpane

are the first lines of the poem "Pale Fire" by "John Shade," a fictional poet created by Vladimir Nabokov, for his novel Pale Fire.

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