Actually, I'm a bit envious of all those folks out there with Crested
Pigeons visiting their gardens.
We have a resident breeding pair of Spotted Turtle-doves in our 1/2 acre
garden, but they're exotic so they don't count (well, sort of). Imagine my
excitement when one Common Bronzewing visited and fed in our garden for a
couple of hours a few months ago. Our garden is opposite vacant Crown Land
that abutts Greenmout National Park in the Darling Ranges about 35 kms east
of Perth, but that occasion is the only time I've ever seen Bronzewing in
our immediate area. They are, however, a few short kms east of us.
> From: Peter Woodall <>
> To: John Leonard <>
> Subject: Re: birding-aus Crested Pigeons and Spotted Turtle-doves
> Date: Tuesday, 17 August 1999 8:50
> At 09:13 17/08/1999 +1000, you wrote:
> >As for the theory that Crested Pigeons might drive out Spotted
> >Turtle-doves, I seem to remember that both were common in Brisbane: the
> >stuck to open areas (like sports ovals) with native vegetation nearby,
> >the STDs stuck to gardens and more vegetated places, often amongst
> >bushes and trees.
> >Well, that's hwat I remember anyway.
> >John Leonard
> My feeling is that the Crested Pigeon is moving steadily into the
> suburban areas of Brisbane. Certainly it used to be the case that
> the Crested were mainly found in the open fields, sports grounds, etc
> but just yesterday I counted 7 on electricity wires just outside
> a house in the midst of suburbia.
> I'm currently running a Garden Bird Survey through the QOSI as a
> follow-up to one done 20 years ago. Hopefully this will provide
> some data (to confirm or deny) these impressions. A very rough
> tally of records coming in over the past month indicates that the
> two species are just about equal in the frequency of reporting,
> with many gardens now having both species.
> Dr Peter Woodall email =
> Division of Vet Pathology & Anatomy
> School of Veterinary Science & An. Prod. Phone = +61 7 3365 2300
> The University of Queensland Fax = +61 7 3365 1355
> Brisbane, Qld, Australia 4072 WWW =
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