Brown velvety-plumaged songbirds of the northern hemisphere having crested heads and red waxy wing tips.
Any of several fruit-eating birds of the order Passeriformes, family Bombycillidae. They are found in the northern hemisphere. The Bohemian waxwing Bombycilla garrulus of North America and Eurasia is about 18 cm/7 in long, and is grayish brown above with a reddish chestnut crest, black streak at the eye, and variegated wings. It undertakes mass migrations in some years.