Pistil Stitch! You know the Pistil Stitch. It looks like a French Knot with a stick on it.
My favorite embroidery stitch, the Pistil, is perfect for a bird's crest, don't you agree? I mean if I were a bird, I'd want my crest to look just like this.
Couching thread over the stem part of the Pistil Stitch? Now the little bird's crest is even fancier. The Pistil Stitch and Couching makes this bird is one saucy fowl.