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 Similar Species
The smaller Spinifex Pigeon is the only other Australian pigeon with a crest.
This Australian endemic is found widely throughout mainland Australia apart from far northern tropical areas.
Howard and Moore and Gill and Donsker, following Christidis and Boles 1994, classify this species in genus Ocyphaps. It was formerly placed in Geophaps.
There are 2 subspecies:
Found almost every where, in urban and rural parks and gardens. Sports field, paddocks and on the beach.
A resident species. Mainly seen in flocks, though occasionally in pairs.
These pigeons take to the air with a characteristic whistling flight, and glide with down turned wings. The whistling sound is produced by the air passing over a modified primary feather on the wing. On lading the tail is raised. They have a similar flight patter to the Spotted Turtle-Dove.
Call: "Woop woop"
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