Victoria crowned pigeons are the largest pigeons in the world!
These birds tend to mate for life, with the female usually laying a single egg per clutch, which both the male and female incubate for around 30 days. Both parents also produce a ‘milk’ from their crops to feed their chicks for the first few days of their life.
The high Andes and the shores of the Peruvian coast
Near threatened, listed on Appendix I of CITES and listed on Appendix II of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
As one of the largest flying birds in the world, as it soars gracefully on huge, motionless wings.
Like many birds of prey they spend a lot of time soaring around searching for food. If one condor drops to the ground after spotting a carcass others will follow to investigate, leading to old beliefs that the birds were telepathic.
The Rhinoceros Hornbill has a prominent golden-yellow horn, called a casque, on the top of its beak. The casque is a hollow structure made up of keratin (the same material as human fingernails) and acts as a resonating chamber, amplifying the bird’s calls.
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