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Black head, neck, and shoulders. Black beak. White stripes over eyes and above the beak. The feathers on the head extend upward into a tall topknot. The wings are bright blue with narrow black stripes. The underbelly is blue. The feet are black. This bird is larger than the bluejay common in the southeastern United States.
Seen in the evergreen trees around Dream Lake, an alpine lake in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado.
This bird had a loud call. I heard it before I saw it.