My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Waxwings


Waxwings

Order: Passeriformes Family: Bombycillidae
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. There are 2 Michigan species.

Bohemian Waxwing, Bombycilla garrulus

Cedar Waxwing, Bombycilla cedrorum

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