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White-quilled Rock-pigeon

Petrophassa albipennis albipennis


The White-quilled Rock-pigeon has a beautiful rich, dark, chocolate brown plumage that looks like scales on reptiles - the white "quill" being the white base of outer primaries. It also has a distinct white line under the eye, downturned at ear coverts.


Found amongst the rocks and boulders on the walk to Galvan's Gorge. It is walking away from a very small pool of water it had stopped to drink at.


There are two subspecies of this type of pigeon and they live in quite a restricted range, the range of the other ssp boothi extends into the Northern Territory - Michael Morcombe. Though it inhabits a small range, it is not considered vulnerable under the IUCN Redlist. Reference: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App Reference: Reference:

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Sep 28, 2015
Submitted on Oct 6, 2015

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