Dudley Zoo has welcomed a new arrival just in time for Christmas – a female Victoria Crowned Pigeon.
The blue-grey coloured bird is the largest pigeon species in the world and is distinguished by the fanned crest of white-tipped feathers on its head and its striking red eyes.
The species, which spends most of its time on the ground, is classed as vulnerable as poaching activity and habitat destruction have contributed to a rapid decline in their numbers.
Section leader, Nicola Wright, said: “The pigeon has joined us from Banham Zoo and is settling into Lorikeet Lookout.
“We’re really pleased to have her here and we’re hoping to soon have a male to join her so we can form a breeding pair.”