Victoria Crowned Pigeon

steppeland

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Lat. : Goura Victoria,) – close-up
Photographed in Artis Amsterdam Zoo, the Netherlands

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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.

It 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.

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. ” (Source: Wikipedia)

Victorian Crowned Pigeon close-up – It’s a beautiful bird indeed -

Due to the light reflection, the normally red eye turned partially purple here… amazing…


Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
Exposure 1/90 sec, f. 5,6 mm, focal length 300 mm , ISO 400
Date: Feb. 11, 2012


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