BioKIDS home

Kids' Inquiry of Diverse Species

Local animals in this group:

waxwings and silky flycatchers


Waxwings and silky flycatchers , are a small group of perching birds that have soft, silky plumage. The 3 waxwing species are found in the northern hemisphere, including North America, Japan, and Eurasia. The 4 silky flycatcher species are found in Central America And a single species, the hypocolius, is found in central Asia. All members of this family eat insects and fruit. Waxwings wander in large groups throughout a large range to find food, they don’t truly migrate. Waxwings are known for the red, waxy tips of their wing feathers, giving them their name.

University of Michigan Museum of ZoologyNational Science Foundation

BioKIDS home  |  Questions?  |  Animal Diversity Web  |  Cybertracker Tools

. "Bombycillidae" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed February 24, 2024 at

BioKIDS is sponsored in part by the Interagency Education Research Initiative. It is a partnership of the University of Michigan School of Education, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and the Detroit Public Schools. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DRL-0628151.
Copyright © 2002-2024, The Regents of the University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

University of Michigan