Crested Pigeon (species: Ocyphaps lophotes) in Morton NP (Gaia Guide)
Ocyphaps lophotes
Crested Pigeon

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Ocyphaps
Species Ocyphaps lophotes
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Colouration is grey with tinges of brown and green. It has a feathered but slender, black spike on top of the head. They run with the crest erect. The periorbital skin is bright orange. Wings have black stripes and are bronzed, while the primary feathers have colourful areas of brown, purple, blue and green. Immature birds have duller colours with no bronzing on the wings. (Wikipedia)


  • From 30 cm to 34 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 45 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas.

Habitat is grasslands, brush and wooded areas but they can also be seen at watercourses, homestead gardens, pastoral areas, sports grounds, and golf courses. Their habitat has expanded since settlement has produced pastoral lands (previously they were only found in inland and Western Australia). (Wikipedia)

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