"Dean Portelli" <>
Sun, 02 Jun 2002 11:52:40 +1000
Your unidentified dove is almost certainly a Collared Turtledove
(Streptopelia decaocto) from your description. These birds are kept as pets
and the free-living bird is most likely an escapee.
I will send pictures to you for confirmation (can't send them through
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
To: "Messages Birding-aus" <>
CC: "Peter Beloff" <>
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Unidentified Pigeon/Dove
Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 10:15:29 +1000
The local National Parks office have some digital photos of a pigeon/dove
that I cannot identify.
It was photographed with a group of Crested Pigeons, feeding on seed cast
on a suburban footpath.
The bird was -
- generally pale grey in colour (including the belly)
and the primaries were a darker grade of grey
- much smaller than the Crested Pigeons.
It had -
- no crest
- a narrow black bar (edged with a bit of white) at the back of its neck
- pink feet (like that of the Crested P)
- a black tipped grey downcurved bill
- black eyes with no surrounding markings.
Could somebody (who possibly has "Pigeons & Doves", Gibbs et al, Pica
Press,2001) be able to give me a clue.
I would be pleased to email the photos to anyone who can assist.
Thanks, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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