Crested Dove

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Common Name: Crested Dove or Pigeon
Scientific Name: Ocyphaps lophotes

Size: Domestic: 12 to 13 ½ inches (30-34 cm)

Habitat: Australia; found widely throughout mainland Australia except for far tropical north areas. Habitat is grasslands, brush and wooded areas but they can also be seen at watercourses, homestead gardens, pastoral areas, sports grounds, and golf courses. Their habitat has expanded since settlement has produced pastoral lands (previously they were only found in inland and Western Australia).

Status: Least Concern. Global Population: unknown.

Diet: Seed. They have adapted to feeding on grain in farming areas and are often feeding on the noxious weed of Salvation Jane.

Breeding: Nesting usually occurs in shrubs or trees. Nests usually consist of a platform of twigs with two oval, white and glossy eggs.

Cool Facts: Their most distinctive behavior is the beating and whistling sound their wings make when they take off. This is most likely to draw the attention of predators to birds on the wing, and away from any birds remaining on the ground.

There are only two Australian pigeon species that possess an erect crest, the Spinifex Pigeon and the Crested Dove. The Crested Dove is the larger of the two species.

Found in Songbird ReMix Gamebirds and Songbird ReMix Australia Volume III

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