Paucity of Crested Pigeons?

To: John Layton <>
Subject: Paucity of Crested Pigeons?
From: Duncan McCaskill <>
Date: Mon, 27 May 2013 17:48:51 +1000
Yes, I too have noticed a local decline in Crested Pigeons near my place in Giralang. I thought that it might have been a very local change in preferred location because there still appeared to be plenty nearby, but lately I have been seeing fewer in the broader area.

The Garden Bird Survey does show a sharp decline for the most recent year (the year ending June 2012).

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Duncan McCaskill
Garden Bird Survey Coordinator

On 27 May 2013 17:25, John Layton <> wrote:

As I watched a group of Eastern Rosellas feeding among oak mast not far from home during the weekend, they were joined by a lone Crested Pigeon. It struck me that I’ve seen very few Crested Pigeons in the vicinity for several months. Certainly none of the large 30 to 40-bird flocks that were prevalent round here previously, and very few smaller groups/flocks. Perhaps this may be because they’ve spread further afield due to greener pickings since the drought.  Has anyone noticed a similar reduction in their numbers?


John K. Layton


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