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.
brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips
a winter visitor from Scandinavia this striking bird has a chestnut coloured crest on its head and brown and white striped wings.
Any of the 3 species (worldwide) of the family Bombycillidæ. Two of the three are found in the North Country, the Cedar Waxwing ( Bombycilla cedrorum) and the Bohemian Waxwing ( Bombycilla garrulus).
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.