Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon

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The crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps



Breeding is most common in the warmer months. Males approach females and begin an elaborate mating dance; they bob their bodies up and down, while opening and closing their wings like a fan with each bob. This is accompanied by a soft hooting which is timed with the bobbing. If the female is interested, she will remain generally stationary as the male approaches, until copulation is attempted. They use twigs to build its nest which is placed in a tree or dense bush. Both sexes share the incubation of the eggs, and both care for the young.

Interesting Facts:

They run with their crest erect. If startled, the crested pigeon will take to the air with a distinctive whistling ‘call’, the source of the noise can be attributed to the way the air rushes over a modified primary feather found on the wings


Crested Pigeons eat small insects, green vegetation, weeds, and seeds.  They  feed on the seeds of acacia trees. They also eat some fruits and vegetables. Green vegetation includes spinach, lettuce, watercress, and others. They also feed on fruits such as apples, berries, and pears.