Blue Crowned Pigeon

Also known as the Western Crowned Pigeon, the Blue Crowned Pigeon is the largest pigeon in the world. It is found in the lowland rainforest of Papua, New Guinea. This beautiful bird can reach a length of 66 cm (26 in.) and a weight of 2 – 2.5 kg. (5 lb.).

They are primarily herbivours, eating fruits, nuts and snails from the forest floor, and live in small groups of 2 – 10 birds. Blue Crowned Pigeons mate for life but males sometimes breed with more than one female. Both the male and female share the duties of incubating the single egg.

Blue Crowned Pigeon @ Safari Niagara

  • The Blue Crowned Pigeons at Safari Niagara are named Tobie, Tabatha, Cashew, Philbert and Shorty.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Goura
Species: Goura cristata

Did you know?

  • These birds are extensively hunted for their meat and feathers.
  • They also suffer from habitat destruction due to logging of the forests.
  • They are listed as vulnerable by conservation organizations.