The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is known for the attractive feathers on its head. The numbers are decreasing so rapidly that this bird could go extinct anytime soon because their lovely feathers are highly prized by people and also being caught as pets.
Total length: 70cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
They live in the forest of New Guinea, located to the north of Australia.
They eat fruits and seeds of plants that have fallen on the ground.
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon mostly lives on the ground. However unlike the kiwi and crake, they are able to fly.
Their beautiful feathers are prized by people
The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is known for the lovely feathers on its head. Although it resembles the Southern Crowned Pigeon that also lives in New Guinea, you will be able to distinguish the Victoria Crowned Pigeon by its fan-shaped head feathers, resembling a leaf of ginkgo biloba. The meat of the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is considered a delicacy, and their beautiful feathers are highly prized by people. Since the Victoria Crowned Pigeon is a friendly bird that is not afraid of people, they are easy gun targets.
They are caught live to keep as pets
Recently built roads invade the forests where the Victoria Crowned Pigeon lives, causing an increase in hunting. And their rising popularity as pets has led to an increase in their live capture with traps. Victoria Crowned Pigeons are very friendly with people and are apt to become friends with anyone who takes care of them. But if this ends up being the cause for wild Victoria Crowned Pigeons to go extinct, keeping these animals for pets would be like a cruel betrayal of a friendship.
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