Topknot Pigeon (species: Lopholaimus antarcticus) in Koreelah NP (Gaia Guide)
Lopholaimus antarcticus
Topknot Pigeon

©ozwildlife: Walkabout Creek, Brisbane Forest Park, Queensland, Australia

©Ian Montgomery: Topknot Pigeon

©Tom Tarrant: Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Lopholaimus
Species Lopholaimus antarcticus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a pale grey breast, dark grey wings and a slaty-black tail with one light grey band. The beak is red-brown. It also has a flattened, wide and sweptback crest of feathers that commences at the beak to the nape of the neck. The crest consists of grey feathers at the front and brown-red feathers at the back.

The juveniles are plainer in appearance with a brown bill. The tail band is less defined in the immature. (Wikipedia)


  • From 40 cm to 46 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 0.475 kg to 0.6 kg


  • Up to 55 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Topknot Pigeon (Lopholaimus antarcticus)

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are often spotted over rainforests and valleys but are also are found around palm trees, figs, eucalyptus forests and woodlands.

They are completely arboreal. The birds tend to feed on fruits in the forest canopy and often rest on trees above the canopy. They gain water from raindrops from trees. They are occasionally found in open country seeking food. Birds can often be found from Cape York in Queensland to the South Coast of New South Wales near the coast but have been seen as far south as Tasmania and the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, depending on food availability. (Wikipedia)

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