Bar-shouldered Dove (species: Geopelia humeralis) in Warialda NP (Gaia Guide)
Geopelia humeralis
Bar-shouldered Dove

©Anne: Bar-shouldered Dove at Lizard Island

©Anne: A pair of Bar-shouldered Doves nesting, Lizard Island, 28 January 2012.

©Charlie: On the beach at Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Geopelia
Species Geopelia humeralis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a blue-grey breast with chequered brown-bronze wings. The nape is similar to that of the Peaceful Dove in that the nape feathers are striated but differs in that the Bar-shouldered Dove does not have striated throat feathers like the Peaceful Dove. Furthermore, the nape feathers are copper in colour.

The eye ring tends to be grey but red-brown when breeding. Legs and feet are red.

Juveniles are duller in colour. (Wikipedia)


  • From 26 cm to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 33 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

They are usually found in thick vegetation where water is present, damp gullies, forests and gorges, mangroves, plantations, swamps, eucalyptus woodlands, tropical and sub-tropical scrubs and river margins. They can be found both at inland and coastal regions.

They are found over the east coast from Southern New South Wales (with increasing numbers in the Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions), north to Cape York Peninsula and west to the Pilbara region (about Onslow, Western Australia. They have been seen increasingly in southern Australia, specifically in north-western Victoria but may have been displaced in other natural locations by introduced species.

They have also been spotted in the Torres Strait and in other countries of the South Pacific region, such as Papua New Guinea. (Wikipedia)


They are commonly seen eating seeds on the ground. (Wikipedia)

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