Victoria Crowned Pigeon - Goura victoria

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Goura victoria (Columbiformes - Columbidae), is a huge, blue-grey and maroon terrestrial pigeon, up to 74 cm, with spectacular white-tipped sagittal crest.

Goura victoria occurs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, where it is prized by hunters for meat and, to a lesser extent, for its feathers. The species is currently classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

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Photo credit: ©Frank Cornelissen | Locality: captive, Servion Zoo, Canton of Vaud, Switzerland (2011)

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