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Bar-shouldered Dove

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Subspecies humeralisPhoto © by RMDNhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia, January, 2005
Subspecies humeralis
Photo © by RMD
Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia, January, 2005
Geopelia humeralis


[edit] Identification

Subspecies humeralisPhoto © by MzunguSandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, April 2016
Subspecies humeralis
Photo © by Mzungu
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, April 2016

26–30 cm (10¼-11¾ in)

  • Blue-grey head, neck and upper breast
  • Reddish-bronze patch on hindneck, dark barring
  • Pinkish bar on the lower breast
  • Pale lower body
  • Blue-grey eye-ring and reddish eye

Juveniles lack the hindneck patch and barring and tend to be duller overall

[edit] Flight

The copper colour of the nape and primaries shows well in flight.

[edit] Distribution

Displaying malePhoto © by Hans&Judy BesteToowoomba Shire, Queensland, September 2018
Displaying male
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Toowoomba Shire, Queensland, September 2018

Southeast Asia: Indonesia
Australasia: New Guinea, Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Melanesia

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • G. h. gregalis:
  • G. h. humeralis:
  • G. h. headlandi:

A fourth subspecies, G. h. inexpectata, is not recognised by all authorities[1].

[edit] Habitat

Lowland rainforest and mangroves, scrubby bush, beach woodlands, wooded suburban parks and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of seeds of grasses, herbs, sedges, and rhizomes.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is a thin platform made from twigs and roots and is placed in dense shrubs or trees. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

Young doves are fed with 'crop milk'.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards
  4. BF Member observations

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