Crested Pigeon breeding

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Subject: Crested Pigeon breeding
From: Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2021 21:49:28 +0000
Morning all

The Crested Pigeons I reported as nest building on 5 August have successfully 
raised two young.

The nest is in a dense grevillea which is about three metres high. It’s in my 
front garden.
>From one angle I could look straight in at the sitting bird. 

The nest was empty four days ago, but the two young had left and moved deeper 
into the shrub sitting there with an adult. I could see them from my lounge 
room window.

The two young made their first flights yesterday, with one going about four 
metres and crash landing in a conifer where the parents were. The second bird 
made it about six metres up to the roof gutter. I popped out and had a look, it 
peered back at me, while the parents called with urgency. It then flew over to 
them, crash landing as well. The flights were highly amusing! 

The adults went to and from the nest site often, first building, then swapping 
sitting duty, then feeding young. They never gave their position away to the 
currawongs nesting in the tree in the neighbour’s front yard very close by.

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