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White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

The White-crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala, formerly Columba leucocephala) is a species of bird in the family Columbidae (doves and pigeons). It inhabits the northern and central Caribbean islands and some places on the North and Central American mainland.

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

It is around the same size as the common Rock Pigeon but weighs a bit less since it is generally less chunky and has a relatively longer tail. The adult is dark gray, with green and white bars on the nape, a brilliant white crown to the head, a white iris, and a pale-tipped red bill. Juveniles are a less dark shade of gray, lack the nape pattern and white iris, and show only a few pale feathers on the crown. [Wikipedia]

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

A resident of islands and coastlines in the Caribbean, the White-crowned Pigeon reaches the northern limits of its range in south Florida. It feeds almost entirely on fruits of hardwood trees. [All About Birds]

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon

White-crowned Pigeon Facts [All About Birds]

  • The White-crowned Pigeon nests and forages in two distinct habitats: islands and forests supporting fruiting trees. Daily flights between the two habitats are sometimes longer than 30 miles (50 km).
  • The ground speed of the White-crowned Pigeon in flight has not been formally documented but is said to easily outpace a fast motorboat.
  • The oldest recorded White-crowned Pigeon was at least 14 years, 5 months.


4 comments on “White-crowned Pigeon

  1. Glad to see you back Renegade! 🙂

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    1. Thank you. Glad to be back. ☺

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    What a beauty. One has to wonder the reason for the white crown?

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    1. It’s a mystery to me. I photographed a similar bird without the white crown. I am not sure if they are the same species.

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