There are some 300 known species of pigeons and doves in the world. Oftentimes we see pigeons on wedding
receptions where it is part of the ceremony, in the park, in the church or simply in the neighborhood. But have you
seen a unique pigeon? Well, check this out.
Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
The colorful and unique Nicobar Pigeon is a pigeon which is a resident breeding bird on small uninhabited islands
in Indonesia and the Nicobar Islands. This is a large, heavy pigeon at 40cm in length.
Victoria Crowned Pigeon (Goura victoria)
The elegant with blue lace-like crest Victoria Crowned Pigeon is a large bluish-grey pigeon with red iris. It is
approximately 74cm or 29 inches long and weighing up to 2.5 kg or 5.5 lbs. The bird may be easily recognized by
the unique white tips on its crests. It is similar in appearance to the Western Crowned Pigeon and Southern
Crowned Pigeon. The name commemorates Queen Victoria of UK.
Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)
The handsome-looking with sweptback crest Topknot Pigeon, a protected species of Australia, is also known by
the name of “Flock Pigeon”. It is big with length ranging from 40 to 46 cm or 16 to 18.4 inches. The crest consists
of grey feathers at the front and brown-red feathers at the back.
Flock Pigeons were observed in enormous numbers in areas that had rainforest but unfortunately, numbers are
declining because of the clearance of rainforests.
Southern Crowned Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)
This threatened species called Southern Crowned Pigeon is a large pigeon with bluish plumage and elaborate
blue lay crests and red iris. It grows to a length of up to 75 cm long. 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 is a threatened species
due to heavy hunting for its meat and plumes.
The attractive and lovely-looking Fantail that originated in India, China and Spain is a popular breed of fancy
pigeon. It is noted by a fan-shaped tail composed of 30 to 40 feathers. There are several sub-varieties, such as
the English fantail, the Indian Fantail, and the Thai Fantail.
There is a feather mutation called Silky that gives an interesting lace effect to a Fantails tail feathers. Fantails with
this mutation are known as Silky or Lace Fantails.
Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)
The magnificent and beautiful Kereru or New Zealand Pigeon is native to New Zealand. This pigeon feed largely
on fruits. The Parea or Chatham Island Pigeon (Hemiphaga chathamensis), though traditionally considered a
subspecies of the Kereru, is a separate species.
Spinifex Pigeon (Geophaps plumifera)
Australia has so many exotic and unique species of animals one of these is the Spinifex Pigeon that possess an
erect crest. It measures about 20 to 24 cm or 6 to 9.6 inches long and live on stony areas with low woodlands and
Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)
The Crested Pigeon, like the Spinifex Pigeon has an erect crest. They are the only two species of pigeons in
Australia that possess an erect crest. The Crested Pigeon is the larger than the Spinifex Pigeon. Its length varies
from 30 to 34 cm or 12 to 13.6 inches.
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