Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata) at the National Zoo. I don’t often post captive bird images, but the fact is, this bird is just too fabulous not to share. It looks like it’s vogueing at a masquerade ball! Crowned pigeons (there are three species) are equivalent in size and weight to Black Vultures; they are the world’s largest pigeons. See the Birdlife species fact sheet for the Western Crowned Pigeon’s range, habitat, and conservation status. I saw its spectacular cousin, the Victoria Crowned Pigeon, in the wild in 2006, an experience that still ranks among the highlights of my birding career: The Pigeon with Stars in Its Hair.
- The pigeon with stars in its hair
- Red-eyed blackbirds
- Red-necked Grebe and western specialties
- Learning all over again: Paris to Yaounde
- Bienvenido a Costa Rica