ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?

To: 'Chris Sanderson' <>, Belinda Cassidy <>
Subject: ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 13:41:11 +1100
I've only seen Wonga Pigeons around Bright, in Victoria. When flushed from the 
ground they often end up in a tree, and I've often seen them sitting in trees 
and on fences around the edge of town. These ones don't flush easily, I suspect 
people feed them, so this might not be typical behaviour.

They do tend to face away from me when they land after flushing, like Belinda 
described, and I was under the impression that was typical Wonga behaviour, 
raising the tail and presenting the black and white vent as camouflage. (Did I 
read that in P&K?) Not sure if White-headed Pigeons do that too.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
>  On Behalf Of Chris
> Sanderson
> Sent: Friday, 15 October 2010 12:58 PM
> To: Belinda Cassidy
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] ID help- Wonga or White headed
> pigeon in Brisbane?
> Hi Belinda,
> I would say in suburban Brisbane that White-headed Pigeon is
> more likely, backed up by the fact your bird was in a tree
> (not sure I've ever seen a Wonga Pigeon off the ground, how
> about other birding-aussies?).  Are you sure Topknot Pigeon
> is out of the question? It is also grey on the wings and
> back, and quite large.  Topknots are less likely than
> White-headed in suburban Brisbane, but I do see them here
> occasionally.==============================
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