This Crested Pigeon is part of the Bronzewings, a group of ground-feeding pigeons with iridescent patches in wing feathers. I captured it taking a stroll on a grass verge at Mullaway Beach, a small sea-side village on the NSW north coast. The Crested Pigeon is the largest Bronzewing and ranges between 31-35cm and is easily identified by the fine, upright crest. It is common across 97% of the Australian mainland including the hot interior. Its voice is a surprised ‘wook’ and it flies with rapid flaps and long glides.
Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd edition.