White-headed Pigeon (species: Columba (Columba) leucomela) in Curracabundi NP (Gaia Guide)
Columba (Columba) leucomela
White-headed Pigeon

©Tom Tarrant: White-headed Pigeon (Columba (Columba) leucomela)

©Tom Tarrant: White-headed Pigeon (Columba (Columba) leucomela)

©Sascha Wenninger: White-headed Pigeon (Columba (Columba) leucomela)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Columba
Species Columba (Columba) leucomela
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Plumage consists of a white head and breast with a glossy back area. Wings and tail are black. The bill is red with a yellowish tip. The eye ring and legs are red and the eyes are pale orange or yellow. Juveniles have a grey crown and breast. (Wikipedia)


  • From 38 cm to 41 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 48 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to the east coast of Australia. Its habitat is from Cooktown, Queensland to southern New South Wales. It can commonly be found in tropical regions, subtropical rainforest, scrub, watercourses and street trees. (Wikipedia)


It tends to feed on fruit in canopy but can also feed on the ground in the open. It also eats fallen grains in cornfields. (Wikipedia)

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