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Topknot Pigeon

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Photo © by Hans&Judy BesteToowoomba Shire, Queensland, October 2018
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Toowoomba Shire, Queensland, October 2018

Alternative name: Flock Pigeon

Lopholaimus antarcticus


[edit] Identification

Photo © by stoopBunya Mountains NP, Queensland, Australia, August 2007
Photo © by stoop
Bunya Mountains NP, Queensland, Australia, August 2007

40–45 cm (15¾-17¾ in); a large grey pigeon

  • Swept back crest
  • grey in front
  • rusty red behind
  • Dark grey upperparts
  • Dark grey rounded wings
  • Paler grey underparts
  • Black tail with a pale band
  • Red eye
  • Red bill with two large bluish-green bumps at the base

Female has a smaller, paler crest than males
Young birds resemble females, with more mottling and have a browner head with a much smaller crest.

[edit] Distribution

Australia: coastal eastern Australia (Cape York to Broken Bay southern New South Wales)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Rainforests and nearby wet forests and woodlands, especially along moist sheltered gullies.

[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Diet

Their diet consists of a variety of fruits and berries, which they noisily feed on while hanging upside down.

[edit] Breeding

Both sexes build a flimsy stick nest in the crown of a tree, usually among bushy branches or vines, from 2 m to 12 m from the ground. The clutch consists of a single egg which is incubated by both sexes for 24 days. Both adults feed the young, using regurgitated 'pigeon milk' from their crops in the earliest stages.

[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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
  3. Australian Museum

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