Saturday, February 2, 2013

Rather B Birdin: Crowned Pigeon

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A Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata), a bird native to New Guinea. They are large, almost 70cm long - some turkeys are smaller than that! The dodo was even bigger, but since they are no longer around, Crowned Pigeons are the largest pigeon species. They prefer to walk, but can fly if they want to.

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They look for fruit and seeds on the ground in small groups of two to ten birds. A pair usually mates for life, but will renew their bond every year while courting each other. The male offers nesting materials as gifts to his female. She will lay only a single egg in a nest high up in a tree.

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Here's a video of a foraging Crowned Pigeon. They live in dense forests and mangroves. These beautiful birds are threatened because they are hunted for their meat and feathers and because (you guessed it) their habitat is getting smaller and smaller.

More birds at I'd Rather B Birdin.
Photos were taken at Tiergarten Berlin.

Sources:
Wikipedia, German and English
Arkive.org

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