The white-crowned pigeon is a rare and threatened bird. Hunting throughout the Caribbean and habitat loss have become major threats to this small bird. Deforestation of hardwood mangroves throughout the keys make nesting difficult for the white-crowned pigeon. Luckily, the Key West National Wildlife Refuge offers a sanctuary for these birds. An absence of predators on the NWR's mangrove islands makes it a safe place for nesting, but these mighty birds sometimes fly 15 miles or more to search for berries and other food. Because of their rarity and uniqueness to southern Florida, we are always grateful to spot a few of these on our sail/snorkel/kayak eco tours.
We hope to see you all at the KW Garden Club tomorrow (West Martello Fort near Higgs Beach)!