Blue Crowned Pigeons
The Blue Crowned pigeon looks very similar to the Victoria Crowned pigeon. Both subspecies are the focus of Pandemonium’s conservation program. Blue Crowned pigeons do not have the white tips at the rim of their head feathers like the Victorian Crowned pigeons. They do, however, have a white strip just below their wings (the Victoria Crowns do not have the white stripe.)
The Crowned pigeons are being hunted to near extinction in their native New Guinea. They are a slow moving bird and not shy enough of people to be safe from hunters. These large and delightful birds are the world’s largest pigeons, a title that they inherited from the Dodo when the Dodo went extinct. It would be a tragedy if the Crowned pigeons followed in the footsteps of the Dodo. We can prevent this from happening. We have everything it would take to keep and protect these birds until it is safe to return them to the wild with the exception of the endowment that this long term program requires.
If you want to make a significant difference to reverse a long history of humans exploiting birds, please consider joining our efforts to save the Crowned pigeons. We have a very short window -a handful of years at best – so please don’t delay in joining our efforts to save these amazing birds.