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White-quilled Rock-pigeon

Petrophassa albipennis albipennis


White-quilled Rock-pigeons have 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.


Perched on the rock sandstone outcrops near dusk at Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park, East Kimberley. ""Mirima" is the name given by the Miriwoong people to the area extending some 150 kilometres to the north and south, and 170 kilometres to the east and west from Kununurra." (Wiki - )


Second spotting of this species on PN. It was coming up night and there was a pair that had been calling for a time. As they were probably looking for somewhere to roost, they flew down near enough to get some shots! Also, this species does have a restricted range but does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable. Reference: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App. Reference:

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armadeus.4 3 years ago

Thank you Felix!!! Sometimes researching is as satisfying as having a decent shot :D

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 3 years ago

Love the pics and info! Thanks.

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Mar 8, 2017
Submitted on Mar 15, 2017

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