crownedpigeon

Some Beauties Are Thinkers Too by A.Reef on Flickr.

Named for the British monarch Queen Victoria, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is without doubt a royal bird.

They are ground-dwelling birds native to the New Guinea region, considered the largest surviving species of pigeon on earth.

It is now quite uncommon near human habitations due to the fact that it is heavily hunted around them, particularly in areas where gun-possessing is prevalent. They are now considered an endangered species in the wild.

New Guinea’s Victoria Crowned Pigeon is the largest of all the ground dwelling pigeons and is the most rare of the three kinds of crowned pigeons.
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