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Crested Pigeon

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Photo by jimmcleanSydney, Australia, March 2005
Photo by jimmclean
Sydney, Australia, March 2005
Ocyphaps lophotes

Geophaps lophotes


[edit] Identification

Subspecies lophotesPhoto by Hans&Judy BesteIsisford, Central Queensland, May 2018
Subspecies lophotes
Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Isisford, Central Queensland, May 2018

31–36 cm (12¼-14 in)

  • Long pointed greyish-black crest
  • Pale grey head and neck

[edit] Similar Species

The smaller Spinifex Pigeon is the only other Australian pigeon with a crest.

[edit] Distribution

This Australian endemic is found widely throughout mainland Australia apart from far northern tropical areas.

[edit] Taxonomy

Howard and Moore and Gill and Donsker, following Christidis and Boles 1994, classify this species in genus Ocyphaps. It was formerly placed in Geophaps.

[edit] Subspecies

There are 2 subspecies:[1]

  • O. l. whitlocki:
  • Arid woodlands and plains of western Australia
  • O. l. lophotes:
  • Central and eastern Australia

[edit] Habitat

Found almost every where, in urban and rural parks and gardens. Sports field, paddocks and on the beach.

[edit] Behaviour

Mainly seen in flocks, though occasionally in pairs.

[edit] Diet

Their diet consists mostly of seeds and leaves; they also forage for some insects and invertebrates.

[edit] Flight

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 landing the tail is raised. They have a similar flight pattern to the Spotted Turtle-Dove.

[edit] Movements

A resident species.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: "Woop woop"

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2016)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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