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Pigeon Largest Species

Crowned pigeons mate for life, produce milk to feed their chicks and are a living relative of the extinct dodo bird.
When you think of a pigeon, perhaps you envision a small, plucky, dirty urban dweller. But the largest of the living pigeon species the Victoria crowned pigeon is in contrast quite beautiful, with bright bluish-gray plumes and an ornate feathered crown. In the wild, the Victoria crowned pigeon is only found in the lowland, tropical dense forests of New Guinea and nearby offshore islands. They forage on the ground, searching for seeds, fruit and snails. When threatened, these birds sometimes raise their wings to appear larger and more threatening.

Crowned pigeons are threatened by illegal collection for animal trade, sport hunting, mining activities and deforestation. They are currently listed as 'vulnerable' by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

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