Crested Pigeons

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Subject: Crested Pigeons
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 16:54:46 +1000
Hi Birders,
 Nowdays Crested Piogeons are very much part of the urban environment and while they did not appear on the NSW Central Coast until 1970s, they are now common throughout, generally occuring side by side with Spotted Doves, but maybe as others have suggested, they do like areas of extensive lawns, golfcourses, playing fields etc. Be that as it may, at my two previous houses in Chittaway and Berkeley Vale, Spotted Doves and Crested Pigeons were both regular visitors to my garden. However at both sites, Red Wattlebirds and Little Wattlebirds were the more common large honeyeaters. But here in Murray St Bateau Bay, where the houses are set amongst large mature Blackbutts and Red Bloodwoods, and Noisy Miners are the dominant honeyeaters, we have plenty of Crested Pigeons but no Spotted Doves (or Common Mynas)..
Down the street, 400m away is Sutton Reserve and a number of picnic areas associated with Bateau Bay beach and Wyrrabalong NP and these local reserves have a bushland understorey. There are Spotted Doves & Common Mynas there but Wattlebirds seem to be as common if not more common than Noisy Miners. I wondered whether just as Noisy Miners are tolerant of Eastern Rosellas but keep Common Mynas away, so they are tolerant of Crested Pigeons and keep Spotted Doves away. This means ofcourse that if I want to see Brown Thornbills, Spinebills, Spotted Pardalotes and other bushbirds, I have to go down the street where the wattlebirds, Mynas and Spotted Doves are more tolerant as to who they live with!
Does anyone esle have this expeience?
Alan Morris
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