Illustrious by Heather King

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Canon Rebel EOS XS
Lens – EF 55-250mm IS
Taken in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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The Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Goura victoria, is a large, bluish-grey pigeon with elegant blue lace-like crests, maroon breast and red iris. The bird may be easily recognized by the unique white tips on its crests and by it’s deep ‘whooping’ sounds made while calling.1 Both sexes are similar. It is on average 74 cm (29 in) long and weighs 2,384 kilograms (5.3 lbs). It is marginally larger than the other crowned pigeons on average and likely the largest species of pigeon of earth.2
One of three superficially similar species of crowned pigeons (the others being the Western Crowned Pigeon and the Southern Crowned Pigeon), the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is distributed in the lowland and swamp forests of northern New Guinea and surrounding islands. Its diet consists mainly of fruits, figs, seeds and invertebrates. The female usually lays a single white egg.
The name commemorates the British monarch, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom.
There are two subspecies of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Goura victoria victoria, the nominate race is the smaller of the two supspecies and can be found in Yapen, Biak & Supiori. Goura victoria beccarii is found on the mainland of New Guinea
Due to continuing habitat loss, being tame and easily hunted for its plumes and meat, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.

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  • Dr. Harmeet Singh
    Dr. Harmeet Singhalmost 3 years ago


  • thank you Harmeet:)

    – Heather King

  • leonie7
    leonie7almost 3 years ago

    Wow this is outstanding never seen such a beautiful Pigeon well done love it lee

  • Such a wonderful comment Leonie, thank you♥

    – Heather King

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • thanks Joy:)

    – Heather King

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopealmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture Heather.

  • Thanks so much Gabrielle♥

    – Heather King

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful bird, lovely capture Heather.

  • Thank you Mark!!!

    – Heather King

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 3 years ago

    This is a beauty, Heather! Excellent shot!

  • Thank you Arfan!

    – Heather King

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    wonderful capture:)

  • Many thanks dear Robin!!!

    – Heather King

  • BriGt
    BriGtalmost 3 years ago

    absolutely beautiful ! Nice capture !

  • Thank you BriGt♥

    – Heather King

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Thanks so much Dominika!!!

    – Heather King

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 3 years ago

    stunning !!!!!

  • Thank you my dear♥

    – Heather King

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