crested pidgeons

Subject: crested pidgeons
From: William Compston <>
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:11:25 +1100
A friend has had a crested pidgeon nesting on a very visible branch of a
gum tree at her home in Chifley .  The bird sat, steadfastly, for 30 days,
hardly ever leaving the nest.  I consulted Morcombes Field Guide, page 372,
which said that the eggs are incubated for 18--20 days; but it was 30 days
before a chick appeared.  Now there are 2.  Is it possible that the mother
would keep the chicks, secretly under her wings for 7 days?  No peeps were
heard.  Wouldn't they need to be fed? The dad is around, helping to fend
off a currawong.  My friend is very worried about the intentions of that
currawong.  There was down on the chicks and under the tree this morning, 4
days after the chicks were noticed.


Elizabeth Compston
8 Wells Gardens
Griffith, ACT 2603

02 6295 3028

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