Blue Crowned Pigeon
Anything that is not traditional is exciting, isn’t it?
That is precisely what I felt when I saw the Blue Crowned Pigeon roaming around me freely without any fear in Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. These non-aggressive birds looked so attractive with their brightly colored crest feathers, I was on my knees. The Turkey sized birds moved around me so gracefully, it was hard to believe they belonged to the pigeon family.
The arrangement at this particular enclosure of the Blue Crowned Pigeons was good. A huge cage, visitors could enter and exit through two gates, and the birds seemed so used to the curious visitors. They seemed so tamed and trusting birds. I found so many of them close to my feet, I felt it should be easy to have them as pets like any other pigeon. Their diet usually consists of of grains that are usually fed to the domestic pigeons, small dog food bits, and chopped fruit so maintaining is not costly. Acquiring them will be a costly affair, as each bird sells at 2000 to 2500$.
There I witnessed the mating ritual of these birds, the male bird was making a boom-boom kind of sound, spreading its tail feathers and continuously bowing to the female one. I was so carried away by the beautiful sight, that I forgot to click. In one of the low branches, there was a mother pigeon hatching its eggs. Usually they lay only one egg at a time, 30 days for incubation, After hatching the chick is looked after in the nest by both parent birds for another 30 days and finally when it flies out it is still looked after for another 30 days by the parent birds.
Wiki mentions: Hunted for food and its plumes, it remains common only in remote areas. Due to ongoing habitat loss, limited range and over hunting in some areas, the Western Crowned Pigeon is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Also known as: Blue crowned-pigeon, common crowned pigeon, great goura and masked pigeon
Genus Goura (1)
Size Length: up to 70 cm (2)