What kind of bird is living in my barn?

by J
(USA, New york)

There is a bird that is living in my barn. It's roughly four or five inches long and is relatively small. It has gray feathers and a small dark-ish colored beak. It also has a tuft of fluff on its head that looks like a baby birds down. It looks kind of like a mohawk. it looks more like a baby thats still fat and small with fluff on it but its over two months old for sure. i saw it two months ago in the spring and it was the same exact look and size so its much over two months old. my barn is full if barn swallows but this one looks a lot different.

Today i found three newly hatched baby birds with their eyes still closed, so i took a ladder and put them in the nest obove it but then i realized they could hardly move their heads, let alone walk to the edge of their nest and jump off. and even if it could, all three wouldnt have jumped.
The gray bird i described before came to the nest and i thought it was the mom but the babies are still chirping for their mom and the gray bird obviously hasn't fed them. i don't want to leave the babies to starve without their mom (which i don't think the gray bird is).
What kind of bird is this??? Please help
Thanks :)

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