\wˈakswˈɪŋ], \wˈakswˈɪŋ], \w_ˈa_k_s_w_ˈɪ_ŋ]\
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The common name of the species of dentirostral birds of the genus Ampelis. They are so named because most of them have small, oval, horny appendages on the secondaries of the wings of the color of red sealing-wax. Only three species have been recorded, viz. the Bohemian wax-wing or chatterer (A. garrula), a migratory bird, which has a wide geographical range, the American wax-wing or cedar-bird (A. carolinensis), which is confined to North America, and the red-winged chatterer or Japanese wax-wing (A. phenicoptera), an Asiatic bird.
By Daniel Lyons
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