Maroon-breasted Crowned Pigeon

There are two subspecies of the Southern Crowned Pigeon, differentiated by their shoulder and belly colorations. Goura scheepmakeri sclateri of southwest New Guinea with maroon shoulders and blue-grey belly, and the nominate race Goura scheepmakeri scheepmakeri of southeast New Guinea with blue-grey shoulders and maroon below. It also looks very similar to its relatives, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, and the Western Crowned Pigeon.

The Maroon-breasted Crowned Pigeon is classified as Vulnerable (VU), considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

This is the Maroon-breasted crowned pigeon found in Papua New Guinea. It is a large and colourful bird, with an elaborate feathered crest. Return to the passenger pigeon page and learn more about the other images. More

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Original source: Kai Yan, Joseph Wong
Author: Kai Yan, Joseph Wong
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Order : Columbiformes
Family : Columbidae
Genus : Goura
Species : scheepmakeri
Authority : Finsch, 1876