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Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Description:

This is a stocky pigeon with a conspicuous thin black crest. Most of the plumage is grey-brown, becoming more pink on the underparts. Wings are barred with black, and are decorated with glossy green and purple patches. Head is grey, with an pinkish-red ring around the eye.

Habitat:

Ope woodland, acacia scrub, farmland, roadside tree lines, homesteads and yards - always near water.

Notes:

If startled, this pigeon takes to the air with a characteristic whistling flight, and glides with down turned wings. The whistling sound is produced by the air passing over a modified primary feather on the wing. Upon landing, the pigeon swings its tail high in the air. First reference for identification: The Michael Morcombe eGuide to Australian Birds, Mobile App. Second reference: http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/cres...

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Western Australia, Australia

Spotted on Aug 9, 2014
Submitted on Aug 9, 2014

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