Strikingly beautiful and intelligent, the Victoria crowned pigeon, or Goura victoria, has been bred in captivity for hundreds of years. Originally from New Guinea, Victoria crowned pigeons are the largest living pigeons, reaching lengths of between 28 and 30 inches from head to tail. They are said to live up to 25 years in captivity.Thinking about having one as a pet? Consider this information first.
Crowned Pigeons are known to be intelligent and quite easy to tame. Being docile by nature, they generally tolerate birds of other species quite well.
These birds sport powdery blue feathers on their bodies, with red eyes and maroon breasts. They display a lighter shade of blue on the wings and tips of their tailfeathers.
Like all pigeons, Victoria crowned pigeons feed on the ground. In the wild, their diet consists mainly of fruits, seeds, grains, and small invertebrates. Captive crowned pigeons do well on a high quality seed and grain mix, coupled with servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Victoria crowned pigeons spend quite a bit of time on the ground and need plenty of room to run around and exercise. In fact, it is recommended that they be allowed a minimum of 30 cubic feet of space in their enclosures. Because of their excessive space requirements, these birds are not recommended for those that live in apartments or condominiums.
Victoria Crowned Pigeons as Pets
Like most pigeons, these birds need plenty of room to exercise, stretch their muscles, and play -- more room than the average bird owner can provide. Victoria crowned pigeons, on top of being a ground loving species, are even larger than many hookbills, and have space requirements that can be hard for even the most dedicated enthusiast to meet.
In other words, if you can't provide your bird with the equivalent of a bedroom of his or her own to live in, then you don't need to get a Victoria Crowned Pigeon.
One sad fact about Victoria crowned pigeons is that they have been widely hunted for their meat and feathers, and are now considered an endangered species in the wild. Their endangered status, coupled with the fact that they raise a maximum of 3 young per year, makes these birds are a rare find among breeders. Thus, the Victoria crowned pigeon comes with a hefty price tag.
While these pigeons may be more obscure than other bird species, there are a few aviaries left in the U.S. that breed these birds and offer them for private sale. If you can provide for the bird's needs and have your heart set on one, keep looking. Chances are that you will find one eventually.