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western crowned-pigeons at emirates park zoo and resort

The Western Crowned-Pigeons
May 16, 2017

The western crowned-pigeons are the largest pigeons in the world. Despite being a close relative of the bulbous dodo. They have alluring blue feathers and a deep purple patch across the shoulders. Males and females look similar. The finishing touches to these birds are the mask of dark blue feathers extending from the slender bill through the eye and the fan-like crest of lacy light blue feathers on the top of the small head. These species may also be found sometimes partially or totally black. Mainly they eat fruits and seeds. Most of their habitat consist of marshy & partly flooded forests, undisturbed alluvial forests, hill forests and mangroves usually found in western Papuan Islands and Indonesia.


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