Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeons at Mt. Colah, Sydney

To: "'Colin Scouler'" <>, <>
Subject: Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeons at Mt. Colah, Sydney
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2009 23:55:34 +1100
What about Talpacoti Dove? This is somewhat commonly kept in Australian
aviaries. It is from central & south America, that is pretty similar in
colour to the Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeons. And vastly more likely.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Colin Scouler
Sent: Tuesday, 6 January 2009 9:48 PM
Subject: Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeons at Mt. Colah,

Hello birders,

I had a phone call today from a lady named Christina Bardsley to say  
that she had had two birds in her back yard which she positively  
identified as Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeons. She lives at Mt. Colah,  
a northern suburb of Sydney.

Clearly these must have been aviary escapees. Apart from the fact  
that they are thousands of kilometres outside their normal range, the  
birds allowed a fairly close approach,  as if used to humans.

I don't think of the Rock-Pigeon as  a species which is frequently  
kept in captivity. Possibly Ms Bardsley's birds might have  
originated  from Taronga Zoo or Featherdale Wildlife Park, neither of  
which are close to Mt. Colah. If not, can anyone  comment on whether  
they may have "flown the coop" from a private collection?

Colin Scouler. 


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