Western Crowned Pigeon

Western Crowned Pigeon

name = Western Crowned Pigeon
status = VU | status_system = IUCN3.1
trend = down

image_width = 240px
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Aves
ordo = Columbiformes
familia = Columbidae
genus = "Goura"
species = "G. cristata"
binomial = "Goura cristata"
binomial_authority = (Pallas, 1764)
The Western Crowned Pigeon or Common Crowned Pigeon, "Goura cristata", is a large, turkey-sized, approximately 75cm long, blue-grey pigeon with blue lacy crests over the head and dark blue mask feathers around its eyes. Both sexes are almost similar but males are often larger than females.

Along with its close and very similar looking relatives the Victoria Crowned Pigeon and the Southern Crowned Pigeon, it is one of the largest and is consideredone of the most beautiful members of the pigeon family. The Western Crowned Pigeon is found and endemic to the lowland rainforests of Papua, Indonesia section of New Guinea; the other species of crowned pigeon inhabit different regions of the island. The diet consists mainly of fruits and seeds.

Hunted for food and its plumes, it remains common only in remote areas. Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and overhunting in some areas, the Western Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed in Appendix II of CITES.



* Database entry includes a range map and justification for why this species is vulnerable

External links

* ARKive - [http://www.arkive.org/species/GES/birds/Goura_cristata/ images and movies of the Western Crowned Pigeon "(Goura cristata)"]
* [http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=2754&m=0 BirdLife Species Factsheet]
* [http://www.redlist.org/search/details.php?species=9412 IUCN Red List]
* [http://www.rdb.or.id/detailbird.php?id=67 Red Data Book]

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