Order Passeriformes

Family Bombycillidae

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  • Medium-sized songbirds with soft dense plumage, short broad bill, pronounced crest, black mask and coloured band on tail.
  • Holarctic, ranging south into northern Neotropical.
  • Deciduous and coniferous forests, mainly in broken or edge habitats.
  • 15-23 cm.
  • 1 genus, 3 species, 6 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Mountjoy, J. (2017). Waxwings (Bombycillidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52311 on 27 February 2017).