I've also seen Spotted Doves lying about on the lawn with one wing held
up.This sunbathing technique is probably common among pigeon and dove
On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM, Stephen Ambrose <>wrote:
> Thanks Philip. That makes sense - the undersurface of the raised wing was
> angled towards the sun. I just thought it was interesting that only one
> in the flock was engaged in the behaviour at the time. Perhaps they also
> engage in this behaviour while bathing in the rain, as observed by Carl.
> It could also potentially be used for evaporative cooling on a very hot
> i.e. loss of heat from blood vessels close to the surface of the skin on
> undersurface of the wing (thermal window).
> Stephen Ambrose
> Ryde NSW
> -----Original Message-----
> On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
> Sent: Sunday, 19 September 2010 2:49 PM
> To: 'birding-aus'
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Crested Pigeon Wing Display
> I've seen this sort of thing several times, no doubt so have others.
> Page 241 of Frith's book Pigeons and Doves of Australia illustrates it
> and calls it sun-bathing. Odd that HANZAB would not mention it..........
> Philip Veerman
> 24 Castley Circuit
> Kambah ACT 2902
> 02 - 62314041
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