Victoria Crowned Pigeon Hatches at Zoo Miami

A Victoria crowned pigeon, the largest living species of pigeon, hatched successfully at Zoo Miami.

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A Victoria crowned pigeon, the largest living species of pigeon, hatched successfully at Zoo Miami.
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The Victoria crowned pigeon is one of the closest living relatives of the now extinct Dodo bird.
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The Victoria crowned pigeon can grow to be as long as 30 inches and can weigh close to 5 pounds when it reaches maturity.
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This pigeon hatched after being artificially incubated in the zoo's brooder building for 28 days.
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Victoria crowned pigeons are monogamous birds that mate for life, zoo officials said. Both the male and the female share incubation duties for the egg.
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Unlike most birds, both the male and female Victoria crowned pigeons produce a special crop milk to feed the single chick for the first few weeks of its life.
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Adult Victoria crowned pigeons are distinguished by their ornate blue and burgundy feathers and deep red eyes. Once the new chick is weaned, it will be introduced into Zoo Miami's "Wings of Asia" aviary exhibit.
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