Crests for captivation
For some birds it’s all about the headdress rather than the tail
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.