Victoria Crowned Pigeon ~
Victoria crowned pigeons are large blue pigeons that are native to lowland and wet forests of northern New Guinea. This species typically occurs in pairs that may join other pairs to form groups when foraging for fallen fruit, particularly figs, seeds, and invertebrates on the forest floor. Males make loud booming calls and dance for females to attract mates.
Populations of the Victoria crowned pigeon are considered to be near threatened in the wild due to deforestation for timber and hunting. The Good Zoo participates in the Victoria crowned pigeon Species Survival Plan breeding program with other Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited institutions to ensure a sustainable population of this rare species in human care.
We currently care for a female crowned pigeon named Ursula at the zoo and are working to acquire a male partner for her through the Victoria crowned pigeon Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. We feed Ursula a special softbill bird pellet, bananas, apples, grapes, melon, and mixed vegetables. Ursula enjoys shelter boxes, nesting materials, and roosting platforms for new enrichment.