Top 10 Birds with Crests

The crest (sometimes called crown) is a prominent feature on top of the head of some bird species.

Depending of the species, the feathers of these crests can move up and down or be permanently up - for example, the feathers in the crest of the grey crowned crane are always up whereas the crests of cockatoos and the hoopoe could be up or down.

Some bird crests are rarely seen displayed - for example, the royal flycatcher crest.

Crests are used for display purposes - to communicate with others and duting their courtship. Birds also display their crests when they are frightened or ready to fight because the birds appear larger than they really are when the crest is suddenly raised.

The Top Ten

1 Peacock Peacock The peafowl include two Asiatic bird species (the blue or Indian peafowl originally of India and Sri Lanka and the green peafowl of Myanmar, Indochina, and Java) and one African species (the Congo peafowl native only to the Congo Basin) of bird in the genera Pavo and Afropavo of the Phasianidae family, more.
2 Grey Crowned Crane Grey Crowned Crane

Native to Africa (it's the national bird of Uganda).
One of the most beautiful birds I have ever seen (only on a picture though). It has a crest of sparkling-gold feathers. - Metal_Treasure

3 Victoria Crowned Pigeon Victoria Crowned Pigeon

It has an elegant blue lace-like crest. - Metal_Treasure

4 Golden Pheasant Golden Pheasant
5 Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

Also known as the Leadbeater's cockatoo - Metal_Treasure

6 Rose-Breasted Cockatoo Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

Aka galah, galah cockatoo, roseate cockatoo, or pink and grey. It lives in Australia. - Metal_Treasure

7 Royal Flycatcher Royal Flycatcher

Its spectacular fan-shaped crest is seen displayed very rarely, except after mating, in courtship or while preening. Native to Latin America. - Metal_Treasure

8 Himalayan Monal Himalayan Monal
9 Cockatiel Cockatiel

It's the smaller cousin of cockatoo - Metal_Treasure

Aww...That's my Charlie! Cute isn't he? - Britgirl

10 White-Crested Turaco White-Crested Turaco

The Contenders

11 Mandarin Duck Mandarin Duck
12 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo
13 Kagu Kagu
14 Silver Pheasant Silver Pheasant
15 Hoatzin Hoatzin
16 Hoopoe Hoopoe
17 Fischer's Turaco Fischer's Turaco
18 Secretary Bird Secretary Bird
19 Great Crested Grebe Great Crested Grebe
20 Schalow's Turaco Schalow's Turaco
21 Steller's Jay Steller's Jay
22 Harpy Eagle Harpy Eagle
23 Pileated Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker
24 Chestnut-winged cuckoo Chestnut-winged cuckoo
25 Macaroni Penguin Macaroni Penguin

Aka crested penguin - Metal_Treasure

26 Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo Greater Racket-Tailed Drongo
27 Black Crowned Crane Black Crowned Crane
28 Umbrella Cockatoo Umbrella Cockatoo

Also known as white cockatoo. It is similar to other species of white cockatoo such as yellow-crested cockatoo, sulphur-crested cockatoo, and salmon-crested cockatoo. - Metal_Treasure

29 Northern Lapwing Northern Lapwing
30 Blue Jay
31 Wood Duck
32 Great Blue Heron
33 Tufted Titmouse Tufted Titmouse
34 Bali Myna Bali Myna
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