Category: Nature Photography
Posted: February 11, 2019



Goura Victoria

His Majesty: the pigeon

by supergold

A Bird Portrait Contest Entry 
The Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria) is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast, and red irises. It is part of a genus (Goura) of four unique, very large, ground-dwelling pigeons native to the New Guinea region. The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests and by its deep 'whooping' sounds made while Calling. Its name commemorates the British monarch Queen Victoria. This species is typically 73 to 75 cm (29 to 30 in) long. Some specimens may exceed a length of 80 cm (31 in) and a weight of 3.5 kg (7.7 lb). It is marginally larger than the two other crowned pigeons on average, thus is considered the largest surviving species of pigeon of Earth.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: None cropped

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