Victoria Crowned Pigeon


Victoria Crowned Pigeon

photographed in Artis, Amsterdam Zoo - Feb. 11, 2012

“The Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Goura victoria, is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast and red iris. The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests.

It is distributed in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates. The female usually lays a single white egg.

Due to continuing habitat loss, being tame and easily hunted for its plumes and meat, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. ” (Source: Wikipedia)

Vict. Crowned Pigeon - detail It’s a beautiful bird indeed –

Due to the light reflection, the normally red eye turned partially purple here… amazing…

 

 

 

And this is the black-and-white version…

Victoria Crowned Pigeon - BW
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