The ranges of the three subfamilies are quite different. Waxwings, whose fossils have been reported from the Pleistocene in California, are distributed across the temperate Old and New Worlds; the cedar waxwing winters as far south as Guatemala. Silky flycatchers occur from the southern United States into Central America. The gray hypocolius is found in the Middle East and on the Indian subcontinent.

A cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) adult feeds its young. (Photo by Hal H. Harrison. Photo Researchers, Inc. Reproduced by permission.)
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