Victoria Crowned Pigeon
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria) is a species of bird that is found in northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its natural habitat is lowland and swamp forests. Two subspecies are recognized: G. v. victoria, can be found in Yapen, Biak and Supiori, and G. v. beccarii is found on the mainland of New Guinea. Due to habitat loss, hunting, and being tame, this species is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.
This bird is approximately 29 inches long and weighs up to 5.5 pounds. It is bluish-gray with elegant blue lace-like crests. It has a maroon breast and red iris. It has unique white tips on its crests. Sexes are similar. The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is one of three similar species of crowned pigeons (the other two are the Western Crowned Pigeon and the Southern Crowned Pigeon).
The diet of this species consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates. The female lays a single white egg.
The name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.