Definition of waxwing in English:

waxwing

noun

  • A crested Eurasian and American songbird with mainly pinkish-brown plumage, having small tips like red sealing wax to some wing feathers.

    Genus Bombycilla, family Bombycillidae: three species, in particular the Bohemian waxwing (B. garrulus)

    ‘Among birds that can be attracted in the summer are brown thrashers, catbirds, robins, thrushes, waxwings, woodpeckers, orioles, cardinals, towhees and grosbeaks.’
    • ‘On the lake itself, we mainly saw the same woodpeckers, gulls, goldfinch, robins, waxwings, juncos, and other common birds spotted last year.’
    • ‘The fruits are red, blue, or black and are quickly consumed in late summer and early fall by finches, game birds, mockingbirds, thrushes, waxwings, and woodpeckers.’
    • ‘For a few days a number of cedar waxwings visited the pyracantha along with the robins, and the waxwings were just as voracious in their consumption of the berries as the robins were.’
    • ‘In this respect they have behaved in much the same way as shorelarks, while waxwings also have become much more frequent visitors from Scandinavia in the same period.’
    • ‘Like waxwings, fieldfares are nomadic and show no allegiance to regular wintering areas.’
    • ‘It was a rich source of food for many insects and the berries are eaten by a number of birds, including thrushes, fieldfares and waxwings, which are themselves in decline.’
    • ‘The dark salmon-pink and grey plumage of the waxwing is topped off by an impressive crest.’
    • ‘Many birds are attracted by ornamental berries - blackbirds, starlings, thrushes and mistle thrushes are regularly seen in fruiting trees and bushes, and if you are lucky you may also be visited by fieldfares, redwings and even waxwings.’
    • ‘Like waxwings, they are well-known for the unpredictability of their migrations; birds wintering here one year have been recovered in Italy the next.’
    • ‘Besides contending with occasional fruit shortages, the waxwing must also be wary of an excess of fermented fruit, as alcohol poisoning is a real threat.’
    • ‘Because he is eager to welcome thrushes and waxwings to his yard, he is adding berries to one area.’
    • ‘A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said: ‘This year has been excellent for spotting waxwings because the weather conditions have brought many of them to Britain.’’
    • ‘Seven waxwings were captured at a blueberry farm in southern Georgia in late April 1998 and maintained on a diet of mashed bananas and soy protein.’
    • ‘In the laboratory, he demonstrated that waxwings maintained body mass and a positive protein balance only when they fed on both Viburnum opulus fruit and the protein-rich catkins.’
    • ‘Did you know that waxwings get drunk on rowan berries, and possess livers twice the size of other comparable birds to deal with these occasional binges?’
    • ‘Recent reports suggest larger than normal numbers of waxwings have headed to the UK this year, but Wiltshire has never been a prime destination.’
    • ‘A flock of 110 waxwings, the biggest recorded in the south, were seen in Blackrock, Co Dublin.’
    • ‘Everything was bone dry, and the cedar breaks below the escarpment held not a single robin, waxwing, solitaire, or bluebird.’

Pronunciation

waxwing

/ˈwaksˌwiNG/ /ˈwæksˌwɪŋ/