Western Crowned Pigeon

Goura cristata

Class: Aves Order: Columbiformes Family: Columbidae

Size

Weight: 4-7.5 lbs

Lifespan

Lifespan (Wild): Up to 20 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 30 years

Diet

Berries, grubs and insects

Habitat & Range

Forests and swamps of Irian Jaya, Indonesia section of New Guinea

Interesting Facts

  • 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.

Conservation Status

Vulnerable

Threats

These birds are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.