Western Crowned Pigeons

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Western Crowned Pigeon The Western Crowned Pigeon, Goura cristata, is one of the largest and most beautiful member of the pigeon family.


Distribution / Range:

The Western Crowned Pigeon is found and endemic to lowland rainforests of Irian Jaya, Indonesia section of New Guinea.

This pigeon is hunted for food and its plumes and, therefore, remains common only in remote areas.

The Western Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.


Description:

is a huge, turkey-sized, up to 75cm long, blue-grey pigeon with elegant blue lacy crests over the head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes.

Both sexes are similar but males are often larger than females.


Diet / Feeding:

The diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds.


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