Platylophus Swainson in Faun. Bor.-Am.; p. 482 (1831). Type, P. galericulatus.
The genus Platylophus is characterized by a remarkable long crest of broad feathers. The bill is about equal to three-quarters of the head in length and is strongly curved, notched, laterally compressed and deep; the nostrils are concealed by numerous closely set hairs; the wing is comparatively short and very rounded; the tail is ample and well graduated and the tarsus is short and stout. The sexes are alike. Only one species is found within our limits.