Bird Families

Crested bronze-winged pigeon Ocyphaps lophotes

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Crested bronze-winged pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) has a relatively thin and long body, a long crest of fine feathers on the head, a dark beak with a gray base and a beak strongly bent downward, a long wedge-shaped, stepped tail. The body length of this pigeon is 32-34 cm. It differs from other pigeons in its manner of flight. So, for example, taking off, a crested pigeon makes several energetic quick flaps of its wings, and then begins to rise practically without moving them, flying off a tree branch, it raises its tail, retracts its head and only then begins to flap its wings.

Distribution and lifestyle

Distributed crested bronze-winged pigeon in Australia, where it inhabits areas overgrown with shrubs and individual trees, thickets of coastal vegetation, farmland, meadows, as well as gardens and city parks. These pigeons prefer to keep in large flocks of up to 100 individuals, most often they can be seen on the ground, where they are busy looking for food. Crested pigeons adapt easily to both environmental conditions and any food available, whether it be wild seeds, farmer-grown cereals or any other vegetation.

Reproduction

It builds nests in trees at a height of about 3 m above the ground in a fork in the branches.There are two white eggs in a clutch; incubation lasts 17-19 days. Chicks leave the nest at the age of 3 weeks, although the parents continue to feed them for about 2 more weeks.

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