Crests for cap­ti­va­tion

For some birds it’s all about the head­dress rather than the tail

World of Animals - - Shake Your Tail Feathers -

Royal fly­catcher

Dur­ing courtship and ter­ri­to­rial dis­plays, the royal fly­catcher raises and fans out its vi­brant crown of feath­ers to im­press a po­ten­tial mate.

Grey crowned crane

Found in east­ern and south­ern Africa, the na­tional bird of Uganda sports a head full of rigid golden feath­ers that end with black tips.

Vic­to­ria crowned pi­geon

The largest pi­geon in the world, the Vic­to­ria crowned pi­geon’s stun­ning blue and white-tipped crest is made up of del­i­cate, lacy feath­ers.

Ma­jor Mitchell’s cock­a­too

This beau­ti­ful white and pink par­rot’s im­pres­sive crest of feath­ers ap­pears white when ly­ing flat but re­veals vivid red and yel­low bands when it’s raised.


The hoopoe’s most prom­i­nent fea­ture is its won­der­ful crest of 28 pink­ish­brown feath­ers, which it fans out when ex­cited and dur­ing courtship.

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