what bird is this

by Dawn
(Monroe, WI USA)


Grayish brown body and feathers with a very light yellow breast/belly and a bright orange hooked beak. He has a little crest at the top of his head. He does have a mate which is mostly plain. He does make sound like a song bird.

This is his second year at my home in southern Wisconsin though I have never seen another like him. I would say he's about nine to ten inches in length.

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Mar 29, 2013
same bird here NEW
by: Dawn - Bama

I had 18 of these in our tree today. .. northern Alabama. ..I went to get my camera and within that 1 Minute they were gone. I'll keep a look out for a picture and maybe we can ID them. Good luck

Mar 29, 2013
same bird here NEW
by: Dawn - Bama

I had 18 of these in our tree today. .. northern Alabama. ..I went to get my camera and within that 1 Minute they were gone. I'll keep a look out for a picture and maybe we can ID them. Good luck

Mar 18, 2013
Just not sure! NEW
by: GaryE

My first thought was a grossbeak of some sort but none of the grossbeak's in my books match up. It looks a lot like a cardinal on steroids without a tufted/peaked head but I could not find a match for that either. The only thing I found that was even close was a Western Kingbird . . . but the beak is the wrong color, the beak is the wrong shape and they generally do not venture further east than Western Minnesota (and that is only in the summer). So I am really at a loss.

Whatever it is . . . it is a pretty neat looking bird . . . but I just have no clue what it is.

Good luck!

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