Western Crowned Pigeon

The Western Crowned Pigeon, Goura cristata, also referred to as the Common Crowned Pigeon or Blue Crowned Pigeon, is quite a large bird. It is a blue-grey pigeon with blue crests and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes.

Western Crowned Pigeon

Both sexes are very similar although males often tend to be larger than females. It is on average 70 cm (28 in) long and weighs around 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs), so quite a heavy bird, too.

It is endemic to the lowland rainforests of northwestern New Guinea where, hunted both for food and its splendid plumes, it is generally only found in remote areas and, as a result, is listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species by the IUCN.

Western Crowned Pigeon 2

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