Tufted Jay has a variety of vocalizations. Its typical call is a staccato note, variously transcribed as rak (Crossin 1967), chuk or ca (Madge and Burn 1994) or chen (Howell and Webb 1995); this note usually is given in a rapid series of four notes, but sometimes is a double note call or in series of five or more notes (Crossin 1967, Madge and Burn 1994, Howell and Webb 1995) These calls are used in a variety of situations; incubating females use them, as do individuals during feeding excursions in social situations. Its mobbing call is similar, but higher pitched and with a faster pace; all members of the flock use this call while defending a nest or young (Crossin 1967). A nasal aaagh may be emitted by individuals close to one another during periods of rest, when birds perch with conspecifics, or when birds are bringing food to a female or young (Crossin 1967). The begging call is similar to homologous vocalizations of other species of jays or of crows (Corvus) (Crossin 1967). Males, when guarding a nest site may emit a ricochet sound, a low intensity tuk, or a double tst. Tufted Jay also is capable of a mimicry, and has been observed imitating Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens) and Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) (Crossin 1967).