Blue Crowned Pigeon

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Blue Crowned Pigeon Natural History

Size

These large pigeons have an average length of 28 inches (70cm) and can weigh over 4 and a half pounds (2.1kg).

Habitat and Distribution

This is a rainforest dwelling species found in Papua.

Age

This species can live for over 20 years.

Diet

Being a rainforest dweller this species feeds on a large variety of fruits along with various seed.  It feeds at ground level.

Groups and Breeding

These birds do not mate for life, however after wooing his prospective female, the male will bring nesting material to her.  Whilst the female will do most of the work with the single egg she will lay, the males will also incubate them while the female feeds.  The egg takes approximately 30 days to hatch.

Threats

A lot of threats plague this species which is often hunted both as food (due to its size) and for its plumage.  It is vulnerable to extinction partly for this reason, but also because the area it lives in suffers greatly from habitat destruction.

Interesting facts

These birds make a loud clapping sound when in flight.

The Crowned Pigeons During Your Day Out in Kent

The blue crowned pigeons at Wingham Wildlife Park live in the tropical house and are the largest free flying birds in this walk through exhibit.  They share the exhibit with other species such as lorikeets (red winged, goeldis, yellow backed chattering and rainbow), finches, eclectus parrots and mouse birds.  Whilst one of the birds was bred and hatched right here at the park, the original birds are actually of Asian origin, having made the long journey to the UK from the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, with some of our cockatoos having moved the other way to join the world class collection in Singapore.