Year-round range is spotty across roughly the northern one-third of the United States. Wintering range is approximately southern half to two-thirds of the United States.
Waxwings are migratory birds
Year-round plumage is brownish on the back and wings and yellowish chest and belly, feather crest extends off top of head, and end of tail is yellow. Male and female look alike
Habitat includes open grassy areas interspersed with trees
Herbivore and insectivore, eating fruit and insects