- The Victoria Crowned Pigeon might be a relative of the domestic pigeon but it is also one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
- It is known for its gorgeous blue plumage and delicate white-tipped crest that makes it looks like it is wearing a beauty queen’s crown.
- Although it can grow to the size of a turkey, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is close to being endangered due to deforestation.
Pigeons might not be the kind of birds that people would consider as beautiful. However, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon will change your mind. The large pigeon is distinct for its delicate crest and gorgeous feathers. In addition to that, it can grow to the size of a turkey.
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria) is part of the Columbidae Family which includes pigeons and doves. However, unlike domestic pigeons, it is much larger and is known for its beautiful blue feathers. It even has a crest that makes it appear like royalty. This is probably why it has the honor of being named after Queen Victoria.
Can you believe that this majestic creature is a pigeon?
The species is native to New Guinea and can usually be found in the lowlands and swamp forests. However, they are currently listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
It’s truly one of the most beautiful birds in the world.
Although it is easy to find these birds in captivity, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is increasingly rare in the wild. It is believed that deforestation is making it more difficult for the birds to thrive in their natural habitat. In addition to that, the females can only produce one egg at a time, making reproduction a huge problem. Luckily, there are still plenty of specimens in zoos.
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is also adorable as a chick!
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is truly proof that there is beauty in nature everywhere.
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