Common Bronzewing

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Common Name: Common Bronzewing
Scientific Name: Phaps chalcoptera

Size: 12-14 inches (30-36 cm)

Habitat: Australia; found throughout Australia; Bronzewing is able to live in almost any habitat, with the possible exception of very barren areas and dense rainforests

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Seeds and all varieties of vegetables. It searches for food in small groups. The search can sometimes last for days, and, since the pigeon must drink frequently, it utilizes watering holes or any other available source of water

Nesting: Males of the species have pale-yellow to yellow-white foreheads, and pink breasts. Both males and females have an easily discernible white line around and close to their eyes. Common Bronzewings also have patches of red, blue and green on their wings, a feature which is characteristic of all bronzewing pigeons. Young birds are usually duller in color and browner than the mature Common Bronzewing.

Common Bronzewings construct a rough nest of twigs and sticks, which is placed low down in a tree or bush. The eggs hatch after a period of roughly 14 to 16 days, after being incubated by both the male and the female. Both parents share the responsibility of caring for the young. Bronzewings, like other pigeons, secrete a special milk-like substance from their crop, which is fed to the young chicks.

Cool Facts: Bronzewings are endemic to Australia and one of the country's most common pigeons. Rarely found far from a source of water, Common Bronzewings either travel alone or in pairs or in flocks, and are usually cautious, making approach by humans or other animals difficult.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume I

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