Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Goura victoria

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon, ''Goura victoria'', is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast and red iris. The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests.
Victoria crowned pigeon portrait Seen at The National Aviary, Pittsburgh, PA. This stunning pigeon is a native to the New Guinea region.

70 cm in length

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Appearance

Both sexes are similar. It is on average 74 cm long and weighs 2,384 grams. It is marginally larger than the other crowned pigeons on average and likely the largest species of pigeon of earth.

There are two subspecies of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, ''Goura victoria victoria'', the nominate race is the smaller of the two supspecies and can be found in Yapen, Biak & Supiori. ''Goura victoria beccarii'' is found on the mainland of New Guinea.
Victoria Crowned Pigeon legs Love the odd look of these legs. Seen in Madang Province Goura victoria,Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Naming

The name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
Victoria Crowned Pigeon with youngster The Victoria Crowned Pigeon lives in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates.
The name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.

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Distribution

One of three superficially similar species of crowned pigeons, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is distributed in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands.
Victoria crowned pigeon preening Seen at the National Aviary, Pittsburgh, PA. This stunning pigeon is a native to the New Guinea region.

70 cm in length

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Status

Due to continuing habitat loss, being tame and easily hunted for its plumes and meat, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.
Goura Victoria Beautiful Bird seen in Madang Province Goura victoria,Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Reproduction

The female usually lays a single white egg.
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Food

Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderColumbiformes
FamilyColumbidae
GenusGoura
SpeciesG. victoria