Here are five gorgeous birds which have beautifully crested heads.
Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria) is native to the New Guinea region. Its name commemorates the British monarch Queen Victoria. (Captive, Safari World, Thailand, 2007)
Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) lives in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, and can also be found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands near rivers and lakes. (Captive, Safari World, Thailand, 2007)
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is native to South Asia, but has been transferred to many other parts of the world. The male – peacock – has a striking metallic blue neck and head. (Captive, Korkeasaari Zoo, Finland, 2011)
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a raptor (yes!, look at the eagle-like head) found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region in Africa. (Wild, Kgalagadi National Park, South Africa, 2008).
I have saved one of my favorite birds as the last: the European Crested Tit, or simply Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus). This lively small bird – the punk tit 😉 – is a common resident in Central and Northern Europe. (Wild, Southern Finland 2009)