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Crowned Victorians by ART-fromthe-HEART Crowned Victorians by ART-fromthe-HEART
The Victorian Crowned Pigeon is an unusual bird; it's elegant, brightly colored, and the largest surviving pigeon on earth. Unlike it's common cousins, the Victorian Crowned Pigeon is a beautiful bird you won't see in your back yard. It's actually endangered, seriously threatened by logging and illegal capture in its native land of New Guinea. These placid birds, that are easily tamed and the most commonly seen in zoos, mill about the forest floors and swamps in groups. They mainly eat fallen fruit, and when startled they burst into the trees with loud wing beats and sit in the branches to hoot at each other. The birds will pair off in mating season and both parents raise their single chick. The female will only lay one egg, but the chicks are able to get around quickly and will be dependent on their parents for three and a half months.

Efforts need to be taken to keep the New Guinea population healthy. The wild pigeons are learning a fear of humans since they're trapped for meat, their crests, as pets. But as their lowland forests are being downed, so does what little resources they have left. I was lucky to see a pair of these birds at the North Carolina zoo and learn about their plight half the world away.

"Crowned Victorians" 8x10" acrylic on wood. (C) Cara Bevan 2013

Prints available at FineArtAmerica.com
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The suggester said: I rarely have the chance to see such exquisite details in a traditional painting Crowned Victorians by *ART-fromthe-HEART ( Suggested by lintu47 and Featured by Astralseed )
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MinkuLul Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
gorgeous!!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Wow, I thought it was a photo! The detail is breathtaking! Well done :clap: 
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Teehee I get that alot. ;) Thank you! :hug:
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
My pleasure :hug:
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Mashiiro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, I tought it was a photography when I first looked! The blue is so vibrant.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Haha thanks! They're such a beautiful color :heart:
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pukingrainbows22 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely phenomenal!!  
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:la:
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just stunning work. The colors are magnificent and the detail is gorgeous. 
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