Animal Update: Pied Imperial Pigeon Chick

A pied imperial pigeon chick has hatched in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit!

Published September 08, 2017

Pied imperial pigeons can be found in the woodlands of Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and Thailand, to the islands of Java, the Philippines and New Guinea.


Adults can grow up to 14 inches long and weigh an average of 365 grams. When fully grown, pied imperial pigeons are white or cream, but chicks have gray feathers. They snack on berries and can eat large, seedy fruits that other birds can't consume. These birds are serious about their food and will fly long distances—even over oceans—to find the best feeding spots.

This is the second pied imperial pigeon chick to hatch at the National Aquarium! The first chick hatched in 2015. You'll have to look way up in the trees to find this chick and other adults in Australia: Wild Extremes. They prefer to nest upwards of 30 feet in the air, specifically in ficus trees.

Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes updates!

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