Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Victoria Crowned Pigeon  Goura victoria

Type of Animal:

Swamp forest, lowland forest, sago forest, drier forest, coastal forest, near estuaries & swamps

New Guinea & some Indonesian islands

Largest of the pigeons, beautiful w/ gorgeous crest & bluish coloration w/ purple underwing. Deep purple-maroon chest. Red eye present in both sexes.

Seeds, fruit (particularly figs), invertebrates, grains, berries

Status in Wild:

Breeding from zoos & aviculture

Found in flocks of up to 10 birds for most of year. Breaks off into monogamous pairs during breeding/nesting season.

Additional Info:


Male-5 lbs
Female-4.8 lbs
Young-1.6 lbs

30 days

2.4 ft

Body Length:
Adult-2 ft
Young-0.6 ft

Life Span: 
20 years in wild, 25-30 years in captivity

Tail Length:
0.5 ft

Threatened due to bird/pet trade, habitat loss, logging, & hunting for meat/feathers/crest.

They breed 3 times a year, producing 1 chick each.

Chick stays w/ parents for up to 3 months.

During courtship, male fans feathers & ducks head low.

They usually run rather than fly to escape human hunters.

Makes loud clapping sound when it takes flight.

Like most pigeons/doves but unlike most birds, drink by sucking up water into bills rather than scooping up water & tilting heads back.

Spend most of their time on the ground.

Fun Fact(s):
Popular in pet/bird trade due to beauty.

They’re known to be quite intelligent.

Pigeons, along w/ flamingos only birds to produce “crop milk”, which is secretion produced by both sexes to form the diet of nestlings for their 1st few days.

Named for Queen Victoria due to regal look.

Exhibits large variety of vocalizations such as loud booms to warn mates of danger & rumbles to designate breeding/nesting territory.
To defend themselves, they’ll puff out feathers making themselves look bigger. If that doesn’t work, they’ll whack threat w/ wings.

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