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Large colourful pigeon growing to almost 50cm. Soft blue grey with red beak, red eyes and large crest of soft red brown on back of head with soft grey blue bulge of feathers at front of head. Once seen in large flocks mostly in rainforest areas, now it's a rare occasion to see just one bird. Males and females look similar. Feeds on fruit, usually finds water in tree tops as dew or collected rainwater rather than move to the ground too often. Call is a soft coo. Very timid.
Eastern Australia, northern NSW through to far north Queensland. Habitat clearing has led to diminished numbers, as has feral predation and early settler food sourcing.
Spotted on Jan 6, 2016
Submitted on Jun 27, 2016