Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)       Order: Passeriformes      Family: Bombycillidae
 

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Bombycillidae, or Waxwings (meaning "silky tail") are sociable, nomadic flocking birds known for their sleek plumage. The word "waxwing" refers to the colorful, wax-like substance exuded on the tips of their secondary feathers, reminiscent of bright-red sealing wax. All waxwings have black masks, long crests and yellow-tipped tails. Where berries are ripening, waxwings congregate to gorge themselves in amiable, noisy flocks. In flight, their silhouettes and flock formations resemble those of starlings. Only one species of waxwings is found in India.


Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus - vagrant


Passeriformes families
Aegithalidae
Alaudidae
Bombycillidae
Certhiidae
Cinclidae
Cisticolidae
Corvidae
Eurylaimidae
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Hirundinidae
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Pycnonotidae
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Sittidae
Sturnidae
Sylviidae
Zosteropidae

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