Aggressive Crested pigeons.

To: "Chris Charles" <>, "Penny Brockman" <>
Subject: Aggressive Crested pigeons.
From: "Ken Haines" <>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 14:56:11 +1000
Hi All,
          Have followed this series with interest.
Here in Croydon North, in outer north eastern Melbourne, we have numerous watering points of varying depth and feed a bit of seed to various parrots and cockatoos as well as hand feeding mince meat to a family of Grey Butcherbirds and a magpie with a leg problem.
Withe regularity we get between 2 and 10 or 12 Common Bronzewings, 2 of whom absolutely dominate all other species.
They approach with a wing raised and flick at anything they get close to, usually makes a loud noise if they connect and has resulted in a number of birds hitting windows as the take off in panic
Ken Haines
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Aggressive Crested pigeons.
I don’t get Crested Pigeons at my birdbath but the pecking order of the more usual birds is:
S-c Cockie or Satin Bowerbird, whichever get in first, followed by Rainbow Lorikeet, Magpie, Currawong, Grey Butcherbird, Little & Red Wattlebirds, Noisy Miner, Lewin’s HE, Eastern Spinebill, Yellow Robin & White-browed Scrubwren.
The assertive Lorikeets wear out there welcome when they decide to snip my flash cables.

On 30 Aug 2021, at 6:10 pm, Penny Brockman <> wrote:
At my bird table the galahs see off the crested pigeons after a brief attempt to stay. But a white-headed pigeon refused to give way by raising one wing high and clinging to the opposite edge while the galah, after a few pecks on its direction, gave up and both fed with no further aggression. It usually depends on numbers but the local rainbow lorikeets are the bossiest and just one can intimidate rosellas crested pigeons bar-shouldered doves, figbirds, w sh pigeons and galahs.  Always fun to watch and never any damage.

Penny Brockman

On Mon, 30 Aug 2021, at 2:43 PM, Michael Hunter wrote:
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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