Victoria crowned pigeons at the San Diego Zoo
Although most people go to the San Diego Zoo to see the big wildlife — giant pandas, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses, polar bears, zebras — I find it much more relaxing to walk through the many aviaries and visit the other bird exhibits. Maybe that’s because I really don’t enjoy the big crowds that gather around the big animals.
One of the birds that I always enjoy seeing — and taking pictures of — is the Victoria crowned pigeon (Goura victoria):
I love the red eyes.
The Victoria crowned pigeon is the largest of the pigeon species, weighing an average of 5¼ pounds. It is named in honor of Queen Victoria and lives in the lowlands and swamp forests of New Guinea and the surrounding islands. It is listed as a vulnerable species due to habitat loss and being hunted for meat and its beautiful plumes.
This post is dedicated to Steve Loynd, a real estate agent in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Today happens to be Steve’s birthday, but you’ll have to ask him how old he is. I have known Steve via the Internet for about three years and can highly recommend him for anyone needing real estate services in the Lincoln, New Hampshire, area.
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