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Wonga Pigeon

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Photo © by Tom TarrantSamsonvale, South East Queensland, Australia, October 2004
Photo © by Tom Tarrant
Samsonvale, South East Queensland, Australia, October 2004
Leucosarcia melanoleuca

Leucosarcia picata


[edit] Identification

Photo © by MzunguToowoomba Shire, Queensland, Australia, September 2018
Photo © by Mzungu
Toowoomba Shire, Queensland, Australia, September 2018

38–45 cm (15-17¾ in)

  • Pale blue-grey back
  • Creamy-white head
  • White underparts dotted with dark grey spots
  • Short neck
  • Broad wings
  • Long tail
  • Dark reddish-brown eyes with pink eye-rings
  • Red legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles are browner with a less distinct V pattern on chest.

[edit] Distribution

Australia: found in coastal forests of eastern Australia (central Queensland to south-eastern Victoria)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Dense temperate rainforests, wet eucalypt forests, coastal forests, picnic areas, walking tracks, carparks and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet consists of fruit, berries, seeds from native forest trees.

[edit] Breeding

They construct a twig platform nest, about 3 to 20 m above the ground. Sometimes they will use abandoned nests from Topknot Pigeons or Tawny Frogmouths. The clutch contains 2 large eggs. Both adults incubate the eggs and feed the young.

[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 Sept 2018)

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