These two crested pigeons were acting so sweetly on the grass out the front of my place. She was resting and he was covering her with ‘kisses’.
I’ve been off the bird watching radar lately with the demands of finishing an Arts Degree circumventing most attempts, but I spotted this darling Crested Pigeon walking on the driveway and have to admit they are a real favourite with their contemporary ‘punkish’ eye makeup and ‘gelled’ hair. The Bronzewings are a group of ground feeding pigeons that are common through out most of Australia and they are certainly prolific in my locale.
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.