Family Pigeons, Doves (Columbidae)

Near Threatened

Victoria Crowned-pigeon (Goura victoria)


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

Lophyrus Victoria


, 1844,

islands in Geelvink Bay, New Guinea


Hybridizes with G. cristata along Siriwo R, in NW New Guinea. Insular nominate victoria markedly smaller than mainland beccarii, but other characters not apparent; however, studies of behaviour and vocalizations may establish further differences. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. v. victoria (Fraser, 1844) – Yapen and Biak, in Geelvink Bay; may have been introduced on Biak-Supiori.
  • G. v. beccarii Salvadori, 1876 – N New Guinea from Siriwo R E to Astrolabe Bay and Collingwood Bay.
  • Descriptive notes

    66–74 cm; 2384 g. Immediately distinguishable from its two congeners by the crest feathers, which are broadly tipped with white, spatulate at the tips and less lacy... read more


    Advertising call is a double-beat booming similar to G. cristata; “uh wuh-uh wuh -uh... read more


    Occupies swamp and sago palm forests, as well as drier forests; found principally in lowlands, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on fallen fruit, berries and seeds; stomach contents of one bird contained marble-sized red berries. Forages on the forest floor;... read more


    Virtually no data available on seasonality, but a juvenile, apparently c. 8 weeks old and not long out of the nest, was taken at Poee, NW... read more


    Sedentary. When flushed flies noisily up to nearby perches, 3–5 m above ground.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. The global population is estimated at 10,000-20,000 individuals This species has been downlisted to... read more

    Recommended citation

    Baptista, L.F., Trail, P.W., Horblit, H.M. & Garcia, E.F.J. (2020). Victoria Crowned-pigeon (Goura victoria). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 21 January 2020).