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Quite spectacular, it wears a crown of tall, wispy feathers on top of its head. During courtship, the male bows to his queen, fans his feathers and calls to her with a deep whooping. Victoria crowned pigeons prefer to stay on the ground, only flying up into the trees to escape danger.

crowned pigeon side profile

Did You Know?

Nearly the size of a turkey, the Victoria crowned pigeon is the largest of all living pigeons.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Goura victoria

Northern New Guinea

Forest and swamp

2.2 to 2.4 feet

12 years

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Fruits, seeds, insects and snails

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN-Lower risk/near threatened)