Western Crowned PigeonGoura cristata
Class: Aves Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae
Weight: 4-7.5 lbs
Lifespan (Wild): Up to 20 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 30 years
Berries, grubs and insects
Habitat & Range
Forests and swamps of Irian Jaya, Indonesia section of New Guinea
- Western crowned pigeons are one of the largest species of pigeon. They are also called blue crowned pigeons.
- Pigeons have an unusual way of drinking. Most birds scoop water and tilt their heads back to drink, but pigeons can suck water into their bill.
- They spend most of their time on the ground and rarely fly. They are believed to be the closest living relative to the now extinct dodo. Dodos were a large, flightless species of pigeon that was hunted to extinction.
- These birds, like other pigeons, produce a semi-solid substance known as “crop milk” to feed their chicks. It is secreted from their crop which is a pouch near their throat. Both males and females produce crop milk.
These birds are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.