Aggressive Crested pigeons.

To: Michael Hunter <>, "" <>
Subject: Aggressive Crested pigeons.
From: Andrew Ross via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 05:24:22 +0000

I have had variable outcomes on the back deck with rainbows. Yes, they are usually the most aggressive (albeit typically ignoring the solitary CP that sometimes wanders in). But sometimes the galahs will take them on. Both will push off the King parrots and rosellas. But the currawongs and magpies make short work of all of them.


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From: Birding-Aus <> On Behalf Of Michael Hunter
Sent: Monday, 30 August 2021 2:43 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Aggressive Crested pigeons.


Hi All.
Rainbow Lorikeets are tough, will see off SC Cockatoos, Noisy Miners, even butcherbirds.
But Crested Pigeons show no mercy toward the lorikeets when squabbling over food.
They sidle up to the lorikeet, rapidly flap their wing three or four times, hitting the lorikeet, and the lorikeet moves off.. otherwise the CP chases and pecks at the lorikeet who offers no resistance but gets out of the way.

The antics of young R Lorikeets now about are continuously entertaining , particularly when bathing together in a shallow bowl..

Lockdown has its compensations.


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