Crested Pigeon breeding

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Subject: Crested Pigeon breeding
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 18:14:01 +1030
Over the last few weeks I have been keeping a watch on a Crested Pigeon nest in the play ground of Murray Bridge Primary School.
The nest was built at a height of some 6m directly above the run-up area of the school cricket nets, an area frequented by 20 - 30 children every playtime. The nest was also only 5m from the path leading to the school oval where several hundred children play. The sitting pigeons were quite unconcerned with the constant traffic underneath. Last Monday I saw at least one fluffy chick in the nest which is now empty.
Only a few metres away a pair of White Plumed Honeyeaters successfully raised several young. Their nest was even lower at about 3m high, directly over the path leading to the oval.
Another few metres away a pair of Willie Wagtails successfully raised 3 young who are now independent of the parents. The parents are now sitting again on the same nest.
There have also been Red Wattlebirds feeding young in recent weeks but no nest was found. I am fairly certain that the following scpecies have also been breeding in the school grounds in recent weeks:
New Holland Honeyeaters
House Sparrow 
Common Starling 
Rock Dove
This shows just how tolerant some species can be towards hoards of noisy little humans in close proximity to their nests.
Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia
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