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This bird is a Victoria Crowned Pigeon. The crowned pigeon is quite spectacular, being blue in colour and as tall as a turkey (74 cm). It has a large crest of feathers on its head that can be raised - hence its name. It is the largest of all living pigeons and is found in the wild only in New Guinea and some smaller offshore islands nearby. [...]
Robert Clark/Institute Researchers have found that mutations in pigeon DNA can control a variety of traits, including the directions their feathers grow, like in this Jacobin pigeon. Charles Darwin raised pigeons and was interested in their breeding as an extreme example of domestic selection.
Our follower, @victoria / vmac+cheese has inspired us to take flight this summer. How will you explore your adventurous side? Skydiving? Surfing? Share your summer bucket list in the comments below. #PinoftheWeek 7/13