Spinifex Pigeon (species: Geophaps (Geophaps) plumifera) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Geophaps (Geophaps) plumifera
Spinifex Pigeon

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Geophaps
Species Geophaps (Geophaps) plumifera
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

All races have plumage that is rusty-coloured and blends into the red soils of the arid areas. They also have a bright red facial patch around the eye with a ring of black and grey facial patches. The pigeons have black striations on their wings. The sexes are difficult to distinguish. (Wikipedia)


  • From 20 cm to 24 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 30 cm to 35 cm



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Distribution and habitat preferences

Generally they live in stony areas with low woodlands and spinifex grasses. They are nomadic and terrestrial. (Wikipedia)


The pigeons are seed eaters and are dependent on waterholes recharged by wet season monsoonal rains and showers. As the dry season progresses, they concentrate around the ever-decreasing water sources. (Wikipedia)

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