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Victoria Crowned Pigeon
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Genus: Goura Stephens, 1819
[Photo] A photograph of a Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria) with his wings flaired and his head cocked in a defensive or aggressive posture. Photo taken at the Philadelphia Zoo. Date: Saturday, March 24, 2007. Author: Photo by and (C)2007 Derek Ramsey (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ram-Man).
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The Victoria Crowned Pigeon
, Goura victoria
is a large, approximately 74cm (29 in) long, 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. Both sexes are similar.
One of three superficially similar species of crowned pigeon
s (the others being the Western Crowned Pigeon
and the Southern Crowned Pigeon
), the Victoria Crowned Pigeon
is distributed in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates. The female usually lays a single white egg.
The name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
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.
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