SCIENTIFIC NAME: Goura victoria
CONTINENT/COUNTRY:Asia/ Indonesia, Papua New Guinea
DIET: Fruits - frugivore, seeds - granivore, snails - molluscivore
CONSERVATION STATUS: Vulnerable
HABITATS: Tropical rainforest
RELATIVES: Mauritius pink pigeon, Dodo
DESCRIPTION: This bird is very different from the pigeon we are used to seeing in towns and cities. The crowned pigeon is quite spectacular, being blue in colour and as tall as a turkey (74 cm). It has a large crest of feathers on its head that can be raised - hence its name. It is the largest of all living pigeons and is found in the wild only in New Guinea and some smaller offshore islands nearby.
These beautiful birds forage the forest floor for fruit, seeds and
snails. They seem to spend time in small flocks. Very little is known
about them in the wild as they live in dense forest.
The sounds that these birds make are unusual. Their contact call sounds a bit like the sound created by blowing over the top of a milk bottle, whilst their display call is a dramatic 'boom-pa!'