Ocyphaps (Geophaps) lophotes
Family: Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves, 25 species in Australia)
Size: 31-35 cm
Distribution: Most of Australia except TAS and Southeast WA and the very top end of Australia
Habitat: Lightly wooded grasslands near water, farms, rail yards, towns in grain crop areas
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Crested Pigeon is often seen in the lower Blue Mountains, and in much of Sydney. It is a native pigeon, unlike the common feral pigeon (also called the Rock Dove) which it looks a little bit like (apart from the obvious crest on the top of its head).
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2357 x 1655)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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