Hi Peter & Chris,
Thanks, I really appreciate the info!
Chris, thanks for mentioning the possibility of it being a Top Knot pigeon.
I have seen Top Knot pigeons in flight before, and my first gut instinct was
that this might me one. But I didn't know they were in Brisbane..thanks
heaps for letting me know!
One reason I might be able to rule out the Wonga pigeon is it says in my
Bird Guide that they have proportionally long tails. This one had a
proportionally short tail, kind of straight at the end, and stubby (slightly
fanned out in flight).
I hope I see it again. I would also love to get another tick! We have 66
different bird species in Morning side Park now, but I haven't seen anything
new for a long time. I forgot how exciting that can be!!
On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM, Peter Shute <> wrote:
> 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
> > Cc:
> > 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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