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Western Crowned Pigeon

Goura cristata

Goura cristata, the western crowned pigeon, is endemic to north-western New Guinea, where it inhabits rainforests. According to the IUCN Red List, it is categorized as Vulnerable (VU) because its population does not exceed 10,000 individuals. This species faces many threats, the greatest being the continued loss and degradation of its habitat due to extensive deforestation. It is also threatened by frequent hunting for its plumage and for food, as well as by the illegal trade in live birds. For these reasons, this species is now only common in remote areas.

There is a specimen dating from 1909 in the collection of the museum, which came from the zoo of Paleo Faliro, which existed between 1902 and 1916.

 

 

 

 

 

Foto: Chr. Karantzolas