Birds with fancy crest feathers

Bird crests are a remaining feature of the age of dinosaurs that have been disappearing among many species following evolution.

Even if nor all birds have them, there is a huge variety of designs and heights being sometimes very discreet. Some reach considerable sizes and volume and may persist all year-long or show up during the breeding season.

One of the crest uses is exhibition during the mating period, but a few are also exposed in danger situations or attacks to scare the enemy away or to exchange signs with their group.

Because they are awesome and are worth to watch here is a gallery of feathers stunning displays.

Grey Crowned Crane, Balearica regulorum. Martin Mere, Lancashire, UK
Grey Crowned Crane, Balearica regulorum. Martin Mere, Lancashire, UK | Source
Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus mexicanus)
Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus mexicanus) | Source
Pavo cristatus from Venezuela
Pavo cristatus from Venezuela | Source
A Hoatzin near Lake Sandoval, Peru
A Hoatzin near Lake Sandoval, Peru | Source
Cacatua moluccensis excited
Cacatua moluccensis excited | Source
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) on a fall afternoon at Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park, Germany).
Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus) on a fall afternoon at Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park, Germany). | Source
Egyptian Vulture, White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh's Chicken (Neophron percnopterus) in the Zoo of Madrid, Spain.
Egyptian Vulture, White Scavenger Vulture or Pharaoh's Chicken (Neophron percnopterus) in the Zoo of Madrid, Spain. | Source
 Domestic crested duck (a variant of Anas platyrhynchos f. domestica) in the harbor of Camden, Maine.
Domestic crested duck (a variant of Anas platyrhynchos f. domestica) in the harbor of Camden, Maine. | Source
Muscovy duck, Cairina moschata, Martin Mere, UK
Muscovy duck, Cairina moschata, Martin Mere, UK | Source
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), also known as the Goliath Cockatoo.
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), also known as the Goliath Cockatoo. | Source
Two male Ruff at Diergaarde Blijdorp, Netherlands
Two male Ruff at Diergaarde Blijdorp, Netherlands | Source
Bare-faced curassow (Crax fasciolata) female, Pantanal, Brazil
Bare-faced curassow (Crax fasciolata) female, Pantanal, Brazil | Source
Tufted Puffin, Zapadni Cliffs, St. Paul Island, Alaska
Tufted Puffin, Zapadni Cliffs, St. Paul Island, Alaska | Source
female Aceros undulatus in Aviafauna, the Netherlands.
female Aceros undulatus in Aviafauna, the Netherlands. | Source
Crested Coua (Coua cristata) at Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park, Germany)
Crested Coua (Coua cristata) at Weltvogelpark Walsrode (Walsrode Bird Park, Germany) | Source
 A male Crested kingfisher at Asahikawa city in Hokkaido, Japan
A male Crested kingfisher at Asahikawa city in Hokkaido, Japan | Source
Headshot of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon, taken in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore.
Headshot of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon, taken in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. | Source
A Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) photographed in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park.
A Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) photographed in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. | Source
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Australia.
Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Australia. | Source
Polish chicken photographed at Country Village, Bothell, Washington.
Polish chicken photographed at Country Village, Bothell, Washington. | Source
Mandarin Duck (male)
Mandarin Duck (male) | Source
A male Crested Wood Partridge (also known as the Crested Partridge) at Toronto Zoo, Canada.
A male Crested Wood Partridge (also known as the Crested Partridge) at Toronto Zoo, Canada. | Source
A Crested Guineafowl at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.
A Crested Guineafowl at Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. | Source
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) calling for its partner at Birnie Loch, Fife, Scotland.
Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus) calling for its partner at Birnie Loch, Fife, Scotland. | Source
Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with an insect
Hoopoe (Upupa epops) with an insect | Source

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