Florida stunner - mystery visitor
(Brooksville, FL USA)
It is too hot to be out now - about 90 at 3PM - so I was sitting in front of a fan by the window. Suddenly I thought I was hallucinating from the heat! There was a bird perched on a low hanging live oak branch facing me - his entire under-side was gold shading into a sunset orange at the tail. When it turned I saw the back and wings were a sort of slate grey with possibly a hint of blue, and its head bore a distinctive rounded crest - unlike the pointed crest of a jay or cardinal. My first thought was Quetzal but a quick check made that unlikely - too small and besides, I am in central Gulf coast Florida, not South America. If it comes back I will try to catch a picture, but it seems skittish - didn't stay in one spot long. About the size of a blue jay, it perches comfortably on small branches or wire fence - the bill did not seem noticeably large, long or oddly shape in the quick look I got. I'm new to Florida after a lifetime in NY, and every new bird or plant is a source of delight and curiosity to me. I'd love it if I had a personal point & click interface to the world to ID all the things I see ;-)
Any ideas as to my elegant visitor??
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