This is the first time I’ve seen a pair of these beautiful doves in my backyard. I see them infrequently and always eating the wild tobacco berries.
Brown Cuckoo-Doves feed on fruit, berries and seeds from a variety of rainforest trees, shrubs and vines. They usually feed in the trees in the early morning and the late afternoon, often hanging upside down to reach fruit. They come to the ground to drink and to eat grit. They can digest very hard seeds.
The very long graduated tail helps the Brown Cuckoo-Dove to balance as it hangs from branches and moves in the canopy, searching for fruit.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


australian, brown cuckoo dove, brown pheasant, large tailed pigeon, macropygia amboinensis, native, tobacco plant

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • Dennis Stewart
  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 4 years ago

    top capture

  • Many thanks Robert, they’re very hard to capture, very shy and usually stay up high and hidden, but they can’t resist the wild tobacco plant!

    – byronbackyard

  • Munggo
    Munggoabout 4 years ago

    Excellent capture ;-)

  • Many thanks, they’re very hard to spot, let alone capture and it was raining!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 4 years ago

    That is too cute, wonderful work.

  • Thanks Andrea, very lucky to see a pair and it was raining as well!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
    Pets Need A Hug

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 4 years ago

    Nice photo! Congratulations onthefeature.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    September 23, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, this was such a lucky shot, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    And…Congratulations on your wonderful feature, this is amazing work.

  • Thanks so much Andrea, I really appreciate all your comments!

    – byronbackyard

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 4 years ago

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