Crests

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A crest is a feather ornamant (unusual growth of feathers) on the head of a pigeon, which can predictably be bred using genetics. Pigeons have a number of different crest phenotypes, controlled by different genes, some of which are listed below.

Crest phenotype Genotype Photograph
Peak crest cr//cr Crest-cr-Young-Pigeon-Adam-Archer.jpg
Shell crest cr//cr and modifiers
Jacobin hood cr//cr and modifiers
Tarbesh crest Unknown
Rosette ros//ros
Chinese nasal crest Cnc//? Chinese-Nasal-Crest-Jim-Gifford.jpg
Eye crest ecr//ecr