Looks like a blue jay but is gray

by Angela E
(Oswego IL USA)

Yesterday there was a group of birds that visited my property and I have never seen them before. They were the size and shape of Blue Jays and had the crest on their heads like a Blue Jay but the top of them was gray and the breast was white with a band of black on the throats. At first I thought they were Blackbirds because they sounded like them, then the sound turned into one I had never heard before. They were quite pretty and were fun to watch garggeling (that's how they sounded!) back and forth to one another. I hope someone can help me identify them, I could not find them in my bird book.

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Aug 16, 2015
Saw A bird just as described today in Seattle
by: Stephanie

looked at pictures of all the birds mentioned below and none of them were correct- looked like a jay but dark brown, grey or black- with a top knot!

May 01, 2015
Me too
by: Anonymous

I have them too in Indianapolis in but what are they?

Mar 28, 2015
Grackle
by: Don

It might be a female Grackle

Mar 18, 2015
Id
by: Nancy

I was thinking Tufed Titmouse as well by the description!

Mar 18, 2015
Looks like blue jay but...........
by: Art

Im thinking that part of the country Check out pictures of Tufted Titmouse Maybe??Had Belted Kingfisher in Mind but Illinois a little far off range unless maybe Migration ???Ill watch for other opinions .......Enjoy Art

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