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Crested Pigeons - Australia by shortshooter-Al

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This pair hang around home all the time. Here they are just resting and looking very comfortable. One of them is dozing off.
The length of the Crested Pigeon varies from 30 to 34 centimetres (12 to 13.6 inches). Colouration is grey with tinges of brown and green. It has a feathered but slender, black spike on top of the head. They run with the crest erect. The periorbital skin is bright orange. Wings have black stripes and are bronzed, while the primary feathers have colourful areas of brown, purple, blue and green. Immature birds have duller colours with no bronzing on the wings.
The call is a “whoop” voiced repeatedly but singly when alarmed.
[edit]Distribution and habitat

Their most distinctive behaviour 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 and as an alarm call to other pigeons.2 When the birds land, the tail tilts upwards and the flight patterns are similar to the those of the Spotted Turtle-Dove. They are generally sedentary. Although they can be seen in pairs, they can be highly social and tend to be seen in packs. They are highly gregarious birds when in contact with humans.

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  • Photography by Mathilde
    Photography by...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful birds and a lovely shot, Al – trust you are keeping well – Mattie

  • Hi Mattie! Yes, I’m fit and well. or well anyway. LOL. You are good too I hope. Thanks for stopping by Mate. xox

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 2 years ago

    Well I never! Quite interesting little birds you captured there, Al! Very pretty!

  • Thanks for looking Mate. xox

    – shortshooter-Al

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 2 years ago

    Their beautiful Al,….Great shot,…

  • Thank you kindly John.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    such a great capture !

  • Thanks a lot Elfie.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot of those beautiful Pidgeons on a bed of clover!!!!!

  • They look nice and snug don’t they. Thanks muchly Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Al.

  • Thanks muchly Julie.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    they look so funny

  • LOL> Many thanks.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 2 years ago

    Hi Al. Long time no see. This is a great capture and a fave for me :>)) Leslie

  • Hi Stranger. Thanks for the lovely comment Mate.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • seeya
    seeyaover 2 years ago

    They appear to have become very comfortable with your presence! Wonderful image, quite peaceful:) Sandy

  • Thanks very much Sandy.

    – shortshooter-Al

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    hello Mate – aren’t these crested pigeons beautiful…..

  • I reckon they are too Mate. Have you been behaving yourself????

    – shortshooter-Al

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