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VICTORIA CROWNED PIGEON

A

To find a Victoria crowned pigeon, listen for a sound like someone blowing into a glass bottle. TRUE: But you have to be in the forests of New Guinea or nearby islands. Otherwise it really is a person blowing into a bottle.

B

This bird even eats bats and rats. FALSE: It eats fruit, berries, seeds, and insects. Sometimes it splurges on a snail.

You might want to avoid walking under a well-fed flock.

C D E

TRUE: Think “big bird droppings.” A Victoria crowned pigeon weighs seven times more than a city pigeon.

Its magnificent feathers match its bold, aggressive personality. FALSE: Beautiful feathers and a low-key, gentle nature combine to make it a very desirable target of human hunters.

These birds stay with their sweethearts forever. TRUE: They mate for life.

ROD WILLIAMS / NATURE PICTURE LIBRARY

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