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Victoria Crowned Pigeon

Goura victoria

Columbiformes - Columbidae - Pigeons & doves

Victoria Crowned Pigeon - Pigeon squab

© Nigel Simpson

Victoria Crowned Pigeon - Pigeon squab

Distribution: New Guinea.

Habitat: Lowland forests.

Diet: Fallen fruit, berries and seeds.

Breeding: Nest constructed from compacted palm leaves and sticks.

Clutch size: One white egg.

Incubation: 30 days.

Rearing: The young are fed and brooded by both sexes.

Fledge age: 30 - 36 days. Parents continue to feed fledglings up to 13 weeks of age.


Protocol from Bristol Zoo

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Protocol established ?
Used on 3 individuals
Success rate 66.00%


Protocol used for at least 5 individuals with over 75% success 
Used by 2 or more institutions 
Points on minimizing imprinting 
Birds went on to produce fertile eggs 
Birds went on to successfully parent rear 

Warning points
Ensure crop stays full during the day - allow to empty overnight.

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Del Hoya, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. (1997). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol4. Sandgrouse to Cukoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

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