Crested bird identification

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Crested bird identification
Northern cardinal (Image by, courtesy of ator) (Alan Strakey)

Several species of birds in the United States have a crest on their head. Among them are a few that the average person would have no trouble identifying and some that most people do not know well.

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The male northern cardinal is a brilliant red bird with a black face and an orange coloured beak. The female is duller, with olive-grey above and shades of red on the tail and wings.

Crested bird identification
Northern cardinal (Image by, courtesy of ator) (Alan Strakey)

Cedar Waxwing

The cedar waxwing is a crested bird with a thin yellow stripe on the end of its tail. The eyes have a mask of black around them and there are telltale red "waxy" tips on the wings' inner feathers.

Crested bird identification
Cedar waxwing (Image by, courtesy of Bob MacInnes)

Blue Jay

The blue jay is a conspicuous crested bird. Up to a foot in length with bright blue plumage above, white on the breast and black markings on the neck, it looks like it is wearing a false beard.

Crested bird identification
Blue jay (Image by, courtesy of Randen Pederson)

Belted Kingfisher

The belted kingfisher makes a rattling call as it flies about seeking to catch fish. It has a long bill, a white belly and neck, a blue-grey head and stripe around its throat and owns a bushy crest.

Tufted Titmouse

The tufted titmouse that often flocks to bird feeders is a 4- to 5-inch-long grey bird with a white belly and reddish sides. It makes a call that sounds like "peter, peter" and often hangs upside-down.

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