Crested Pigeons: possible explanation

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Subject: Crested Pigeons: possible explanation
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 11:47:20 +1100

That pigeon with crest

Seems to like perching best

When it’s with a whole lot of its kind.

When you see one of these,

Whether low or in trees,

Another will be close behind.


I hope you won’t ask

For that difficult task,

To put this behaviour in words;

For this pigeon so spiky,

Is, frankly, by crikey,

One of the flockingest birds.


From: Shaun Bagley [
Sent: Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:50 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Crested Pigeons


Came home today to find 9 Crested Pigeons perched on the T-bar of the telegraph pole and associated wires that are above the back fence. What struck me as interesting was that 8 of them were clearly juveniles. The one adult was a meter away down the wire with a much bigger crest.  They did not seem inclined to fly away until the adult made the move after something else, not me, triggered its flight response. Is a “creche” like this a known habit because my understanding is that Crested Pigeons only produce two eggs per clutch?


Shaun Bagley

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