A Crested Pigeon story.

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Subject: A Crested Pigeon story.
From: "Jon Wren" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 00:33:45 +1000
Gooday all,
With all this talk of Crested Pigeons Ocyphaps lophotes, which Bowen folk quite commonly refer to as "Topknots", reminded me of an incident that occurred years ago.
My wife, daughter and I used to care for injured and orphaned birds. One morning an elderly gent appeared at our door with a very young near naked pigeon chick that he had found. The state the bird was in didn't appear to give it very good odds for survival, but we still took it in our care.
As it turned out the young chick survived the ordeal and eventually was released at Mullers Lagoon a number of months later minus its crest.
The young bird sported a nice little crest until one day the daughter (5 or so) decided to try out her hairdressing skills and snipped the crest off with a pair of scissors.
Jon Wren.
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