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White Headed Pigeon. Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Featured in
The Birds on 10.10.2012

The White Headed Pigeon is a pigeon native to the east coast of Australia.
The pigeon’s habitat is from Cooktown, Queensland to southern New South Wales. It can commonly be found in tropical regions, subtropical rainforest, scrub, watercourses and street trees. Since colonisation of Australia, their numbers have decreased but they have thrived on the introduced Camphor laurel.
The White Headed pigeon’s nest generally consists of scanty twigs and is usually placed high in canopy up to 18 metres. It tends to lay one cream-white egg. Breeding is mostly from October to December.
The size of the pigeon varies from about 38 to 41 centimetres (15.2 to 16.4 inches). Plumage consists of a white head and breast with a glossy back area. Wings and tail are black. The bill is red with a yellowish tip. The eye ring and legs are red and the eyes are pale orange or yellow. Juveniles have a grey crown and breast.
These pigeons are often found alone, pairs or in small flocks. They are very quiet and elusive. Their flight is swift and direct. Their call is loud and gruff sounding like “WHOO!” followed by a gruff inhalation sounding “uk” (repeated three times). Sometimes the call is a low “oom”.
White Headed pigeons feed on fruit in canopy but can also feed on the ground in the open. It also eats fallen grains in cornfields.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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Comments

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 1 year ago

    Your collection of new bird images this spring is becoming more impressive by the day! Glad to see another of this very attractive pigeon!

  • I’ve taken a few shots of this pigeon while I can because once they’re gone they won’t be back till next year. Thanks Celeste for another wonderful comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful he is.

  • Many thanks Dominika for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 1 year ago

    All so Beautiful Palph,,,write and all of this

  • Thanks so much Norma for the wonderful comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Wayne Wood
    Wayne Woodover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on having your imaged selected for featuring in the group “The Birds”.

  • Tanks very much, Wayne. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 1 year ago

    I love the combination of snow white and deepest blue in his feathers!

  • They only visit us for about a month of the year. I wish they were here for longer. Thanks Kathryn for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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