Large Grey Pecking Type Bird With Orange "Tuffet" on Head In Seattle

(Seattle, WA, USA)

This bird was pecking a hole along with it's mate (presumably) in an evergreen tree. It is about a foot long with grey feathers and a bright orange "tuffet" on it's head. (Similar to an orange mohawk.) Both birds were the same, so it's also possible that they were two of the same gender, if male and female are different in this species. Any ideas?

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Feb 23, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I have been trying to find out what the birds in my yard are. Never saw them before. At first they were more of a grey tan, and they have changed a bit. I think they were young at first sighting. Not in my bird books. Mine are pecking, but at tree seeds in the grass. Now have light orange tuffet on top of head. Black bib below throat. White spot where wings join. Long beak. A round bird, not sleek. Wings have changed to almost the coloration of a hawk. Can't be sure, but tip of beak could be slightly curved. Heard no songs. Just stayed for an hour pecking at seeds from a black gum tree. Are they anything like yours?

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