• WordNet 3.6
    • n waxwing brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Waxwing (Zoöl) Any one of several species of small birds of the genus Ampelis, in which some of the secondary quills are usually tipped with small horny ornaments resembling red sealing wax. The Bohemian waxwing (see under Bohemian) and the cedar bird are examples. Called also waxbird.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waxwing An oscine passerine bird of the genus Ampelis (or Bombycilia), family Ampelidæ: so called because the secondary quills of the wings, and sometimes other feathers of the wings or tail, are tipped with small red horny appendages resembling sealing-wax. There are three species—the Bohemian waxwing or chatterer, A. garrulus, of the northern hemisphere generally, breeding in high latitudes, and migrating southward irregularly, sometimes in flocks of vast extent; the red-winged Japanese waxwing, A. phœnicoptera; and the smaller Carolina waxwing, cedar-bird, cedar-lark, cherry-bird, etc., of North America, A. cedrorum, the prib chatterer of Latham, 1785. The sealing-wax tips are the enlarged, hardened, and peculiarly modified prolongation of the shaft of the feather, composed of central and peripheral sub stances differing in the shape of the pigment-cells, which contain abundance of red and yellow coloring matter. Their use is unknown.
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In literature:

There's Dandy the Waxwing and his friends.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
Cedar-bird, or Cedar waxwing (Ampelis cedrorum).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Male: splendid cardinal-red, with a black throat and band about the coral-red bill, and a fine long crest, like a Cedar Waxwing's.
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
Among the birds the waxwings most readily acquired this delightful Southern habit of taking life easy.
"Dickey Downy" by Virginia Sharpe Patterson
The Waxwings, both the Cedar Bird and Bohemian Waxwing, feed principally upon berries, etc., which they find throughout the year.
"A Book of Natural History" by Various
Number 19 Blackbird, waxwing, oriole.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
The cedar waxwing is a strange bird, with a very pronounced species-individuality, totally unlike any other bird of our country.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
Phylogeny of the waxwings and allied birds.
"Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado" by Sydney Anderson
Phylogeny of the waxwings and allied birds.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
The general coloration of waxwings is cryptic, that is to say, concealing or blending.
"Phylogeny of the Waxwings and Allied Birds" by M. Dale Arvey

In poetry:

Pretty birds and funny birds,
All our native fowl
From the little cedar waxwing
To the Great Horned Owl.
"John James Audobon" by Stephen Vincent Benet

In news:

James Hendrickson saw this Cedar Waxwing eating icy berries in New Jersey.
I have seen waxwings many times but have never been able to take a nice photo of them before this.
Cedar Waxwing Click to enlarge.
I'm talking about the fruit-stealers — mainly robins, waxwings, crows and pileated woodpeckers.
Cedar waxwings, like this one dining at the Kyles, love the fall and winter berries.
If I am lucky, one day cedar waxwings will visit to snack.
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Candor, New York, June 4, 2006, at 1:31 pm, by Robert Strickland.
David Russell spotted this Bohemian Waxwing eating fruit from a tree in Quebec.
Bohemian Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) love fruit and will gather in large numbers around trees bearing their favorite food.
Seattle artist Rocky Votolato takes a break from his solo acoustic act to front the punk folk rock band Waxwing.
Cedar Waxwing Click to enlarge.
"I stopped and, as I expected, they were bohemian waxwings .".
Find out why humans can't distinguish male and female waxwings , but waxwings can.
Seattle artist Rocky Votolato takes a break from his solo acoustic act to front the punk folk rock band Waxwing .
Near rivers and ponds waxwings also eat swarming insects captured flycatcher-style in mid-air.