AppearanceBoth 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.
NamingThe name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
DistributionOne 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.
StatusDue 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.
ReproductionThe female usually lays a single white egg.
FoodIts diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates.
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