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Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Goura victoria

Victoria crowned pigeons are the biggest species of pigeon in the world! The crown of feathers on their head is used during ‘bowing’ mating displays.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 66 - 74cm
Weight: 2.4kg

habitat

Habitat

Victoria crowned pigeons are found lowland forest and swamp forests. They live in groups of two to ten birds.

diet

Diet

These pigeons eat fallen fruit, berries, seeds and small invertebrates such as insects and snails.

behaviour

Breeding

Pigeons produce a substance known as ‘crop milk’, which they regurgitate to feed the chick until it is around 10 days old!

threat

Conservation

Victoria crowned pigeons are threatened by habitat loss due to logging and palm oil plantations. Hunting has also been a considerable threat in the past. There are many conservation actions underway to protect them including a successful captive breeding programme and protection by law in Papua New Guinea.

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