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Photo © by Corwin
Lysterfield Lake Park, Melbourne, Australia, August 2004
Phaps chalcoptera


Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Samsonvale. South-eastern Queensland, August 2004
  • Metallic green
  • Blue and red patches in wing
  • White line below and around eye
  • Pinkish-grey breast
  • Light brown nape and back
  • Pale throat


  • Yellowish-white forehead
  • Pink breast

Juvenile: duller and browner


Australian endemic. Found in New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.


Photo © by Tiger1
Albany, Western Australia, January 2018

This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies murchisoni and consobrina are generally considered invalid[2].


Most areas apart from barren land and very dense rainforest. Usually near water.



They are ground feeders and the diet includes seeds and plant material.


The nest is built from sticks and twigs placed low down in a tree or bush. The clutch consists of 2 creamy-white eggs which are incubated for 15 days. Both parents share incubation and the care of the young.


Call: deep oom, repeated several times.


  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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birds in Backyards

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