Flock Bronzewing (species: Phaps histrionica) in Sturt NP (Gaia Guide)
Phaps histrionica
Flock Bronzewing

©Berichard: Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica)

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Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Columbiformes
Family Columbidae
Genus Phaps
Species Phaps histrionica
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The adult male's head is black except for the white forehead, patch on lower throat, and white line that runs from behind the eye almost enclosing ear coverts forming a broken ring. Upper section and wings are a reddish - sandy brown. Primary coverts and alula are grey with white margins. Primaries are grey with chestnut inner webs, all but the outer three are tipped white. Secondaries are grey except for the inner secondaries that have a chestnut inner web. The iris is dark brown and the bill is black. For adult Females, the upper section including the crown and forehead are sandy-brown. The black and white chin, face and throat markings are very dull compared to the male. There is a sandy-brown section across the fore neck and another difference is that the primaries are not tipped white. Juveniles look most similar to the adult females, but have some differences such as the lacking or less distinct facial markings, primaries and some secondaries are tipped brown and the bill is horn coloured. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 30.5 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 21.6 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Flock Bronzewing (Phaps histrionica)

Distribution and habitat preferences

More than any other Australian species of pigeon, the Flock Bronzewing is adapted to the arid plains of the continent. The preferred habitat is open grassland plains, clumped grasses and small shrubs with open spaces. A major area for this type of habitat where the Flock Bronzewings are present is within the grass plains of the Barkly Tablelands. (Wikipedia)

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