Mimus polyglottos x Cyanocorax transgensis, a.k.a. "Mockingjay"
C.J. Berry introduced me to the very popular "Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins last summer. In her stories, there are birds known as mockingjays -- an unintended cross between lab-created hyper-vocal "jabberjays" and ordinary mockingbirds. Unlike their genetically altered forebears, mockingjays cannot recite overheard conversations to government authorities; but they're able to mimic songs quite well. Consequently they become used by common people to send brief messages across distances, and end up symbolizing something beyond the Capitol's iron-fisted control.
Illustrator and UArts professor Tim O'Brien has already done a wonderful job depicting mockingjays on the various book covers in a fetching, stylized way, but I thought it would be an interesting to share how I personally imagined them.