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Zoo location: 
Scientific Name: 
Goura victoria
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Aves
Order: 
Columbiformes
Family: 
Columbidae
Genus: 
Goura
Species: 
victoria
Status: 
Near Threatened
Population Trend: 
Decreasing

Photo by Rick Stevens.

The crowned pigeons are the largest living pigeons, weighing about two kilograms. But on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean lived a pigeon ten times as big – the Dodo. Whaling ships stopped at Mauritius to stock up on Dodo meat – until about 1700 when the last bird was clubbed to death. 

Region: 
Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2013