Pigeons and Doves (Columbidae)

Victoria Crowned-pigeon (Goura victoria) - HBW 4, p. 189

French: Goura de Victoria German: Fächertaube Spanish: Gura Victoria
Other common names: Victoria/White-tipped Goura, White-tipped Crowned-pigeon

Taxonomy: Lophyrus Victoria Fraser, 1844, islands in Geelvink Bay, New Guinea.
Members of genus unique amongst pigeons in having no gallbladder; also lack oil-gland and have reticulate scaling on the strong, thick legs; 16 rectrices; they have no obvious close relatives. Present species hybridizes with G. cristata along R Siriwo in NW New Guinea. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • victoria (Fraser, 1844) - Yapen and Biak in Geelvink Bay.
  • beccarii Salvadori, 1876 - N New Guinea from R Siriwo E to Astrolobe and Collingwood Bays.

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