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Patrick, the Victorian Crowned Pigeon, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia

Taken with Canon EOS550D. EFS 55-250mm Lens.

The world’s largest and most stunning pigeon, the Victorian Crowned Pigeon, ‘Patrick’ is delighting visitors at Taronga Zoo’s newly-renovated Rainforest Aviary. Taronga’s expansive walk-through aviary provides an intimate view of an array of colourful Australian and New Guinea birds which are rarely seen, even in the wild. Patrick’s exquisitely soft, mauve plumage, intricate, lace-like crest and startling call is a memorable experience for visitors that encounter the remarkable pigeon in the aviary.


victorian crowned pigeon, taronga zoo, birds, sydney


  • torjoh
    torjohover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous portrait!

  • thankyou torfinn !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • mltrue
    mltrueover 2 years ago


  • thanks ml and i agree !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • liza1880
    liza1880over 2 years ago

    The burd is stunning (great pic as well)

  • yeah shes a beauty – thanks liza !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Dean. beautiful sharp to see the texture.

  • thanks a lot john – he was a real toughie to get actually !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 2 years ago

    Adorable birds!

  • yes they are – thanks heaps dominika !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 2 years ago

    Beautiful head shot Dean

  • many thanks roy !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 2 years ago

    Stunning indeed Dean ..Great shot buddy – Love it x

  • thanks heaps gail – hes quite a beauty !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    That’s Patrick???? My God the Pigeons around here don’ t look like that…He’s beautiful…

  • haha yes thats patrick and he just wonders around this huge aviary – was really tough to get him though, with all the people just walking by – thanks heaps lorraine !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Emma Holmes
    Emma Holmesover 2 years ago

    Wow! Patrick is a strange looking dude. ;o)

  • yeah hes a bit different eh, but hes still cool – thanks emma !

    – Dean Cunningham

  • Anivad - Davina Nicholas
    Anivad - Davin...over 2 years ago


  • thankyou anivad !

    – Dean Cunningham

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