15 Birds With Snazzier Hairdos Than You

Victoria crowned pigeon

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Birds are naturally stylish. Their feathers come in an array of colors, textures, and shapes, and every now and then all the elements come together to form the perfect hairdo.

Some species have been graced with good hair for mating advantages, but regardless of the reason, all of these birds have head-turning tresses.

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Dalmatian Pelican

Dalmatian pelican

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Big Bird's got nothing on the tousled feathers that top the Dalmatian pelican's head. The largest of all pelican species, Dalmatian pelicans live in wetlands in Europe, the Mediterranean, and as far as China. The IUCN Red List classifies these birds as "near threatened," as populations are decreasing due to the drainage of wetlands, land development, and illegal hunting.

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Crested Partridge

Crested partridge

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This tropical ground bird is found in the rain forests of Southeast Asia, but is classified as "near threatened," with a decreasing population due to forest destruction and trade. The male crested partridge has black feathers and sports a fluffy red pouf, while the female has green feathers and no pouf.

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Great Curassow

Great curassow

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Check out those curls. If you think this bird's crest indicates its attitude, you'd be right. The great curassow's range stretches from Mexico to throughout Central America, and they reside primarily in lowland areas. They are also considered "vulnerable," with a decreasing population due to hunting and habitat loss.

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Andean Cock-of-the-Rock

Andean cock-of-the-rock

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A surge of orange in the Andean cloud forests, this flashy male bird makes a show for the females during mating season. Like the Greasers of the 1950s, these coiffed males gather in groups to impress female birds with their hopping and dancing. After mating, these males don't stay around to help rear chicks.

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Himalayan Monal

Himalayan monal

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The national bird of Nepal (where it is called a "danphe"), the male Himalayan monal has a pretty ponytail of iridescent rainbow feathers. The female is less striking, with a brown body, blue eye patch, and white throat. Himalayan monals have a wide range of calls and sounds that allow them to distinguish between aggression, alarm, and calls for mates.

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Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar pigeon

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With it’s long locks that form a lion-like mane, the Nicobar is not your typical city pigeon. Believe it or not, this Southeast Asian species is the closest relative to the extinct dodo bird. These special pigeons are found in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands, and the Republic of Palau, where their numbers are decreasing and they are considered "near threatened."

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Eurasian Hoopoe


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Donning a black-tipped mohawk, the hoopoe is the definition of cool. It's zebra- striped wings are unmistakeable as it flaunts its feathers in Africa, the Mediterranean, and throughout Europe and Asia. The hoopoe’s large range has prevented the species from reaching a vulnerable status. They are found mainly in open areas, including pastures, orchards, and savannas.

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Ornate Hawk-eagle

Ornate hawk-eagle

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This eagle's faux-hawk is perfectly feathered—and he needs no gel; the crest becomes prominent when this South American eagle is excited or aggressive. In flight, the ornate hawk-eagle makes itself known with a loud whistling call. The bird is, however, able to remain inconspicuous when perched, which is important for successful hunting. The species is listed as “near threatened” with a decreasing population.

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sulphur-crested cockatoo

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The expressive hairstyle of this large Australian bird is almost larger than life—it can stretch over five inches in length. This cockatoo isn't only known for its colorful hairdo, it also has a harsh screeching call that distinguishes it from birds with musical talent. Sulphur-crested cockatoos are social birds, spending time in groups as they forage and keep a lookout for danger.

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Silver Pheasant

Silver pheasant

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A forest-dwelling bird of Southeast Asia, the silver pheasant's hair is accentuated by its vivid red mask. Both male and female silver pheasants sport a red face and legs, while the male has a long white or silver tail and the female has a shorter brown tail. Adult pheasants reach their peak plumage in their second year, which is also when they reach peak fertility.

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Polish Crested Chicken

Polish crested rooster

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Resembling more of a cartoon character than a real chicken, the Polish crested chicken channels its inner Cruella DeVille with its puffed mane. With a calm demeanor and colorful crest, it's no surprise that this breed of chicken is a show bird. Some Polish crested chickens sport a beard and muff in addition to a fluffy hairdo.

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Philippine Eagle

Philippine eagle

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The critically endangered Philippine eagle is heavily protected as the national bird of the Philippines. It's griffin-like splayed crest is intimidating enough, but paired with its reputation of hunting bats, birds, snakes, and lizards, this is not a raptor you'll want to bug any time soon. When the Philippine eagle reaches adulthood, it leaves the nest in search of a mate, which it is thought to keep for life.

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Crowned Crane

Pair of crowned cranes

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Now that's a hairstyle fit for a king—stiff, golden feathers give this grey crowned crane's head a porcupine sensibility. This endangered bird lives throughout Africa, from the savannah to the wetlands. Primitive species of these majestic cranes date back millions of years. These monogamous birds prefer to nest near bodies of water and feed in open grasslands.

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Crested and Spinifex Pigeons

Crested pigeon and spinifex pigeon

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With long, pointed crests, the crested pigeon (left) and spinifex pigeon both bear a striking resemblance to Alfalfa from "The Little Rascals." While the spinifex is smaller, both of these pigeons bear colors that help them blend well in their environment. Found throughout Australia, the crested pigeon prefers open habitats, while the spinifex prefers arid, rocky regions.

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Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria crowned pigeon

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Named for Queen Victoria, the Victoria crowned pigeon takes its lineage seriously. This bird's signature blue lace crest feathers resemble a crown atop its head. The Victoria crowned pigeon is no small bird—it is the largest of all pigeons—and is closer in size to a turkey. Found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, these striking birds are classified as “near threatened” with a population that is decreasing.