ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?

To: Belinda Cassidy <>, Chris Sanderson <>
Subject: ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?
From: Rob Geraghty <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2010 22:32:18 -0700 (PDT)
--- On Fri, 10/15/10, Chris Sanderson <> wrote:
> I would say in suburban Brisbane that White-headed Pigeon
> is more likely, backed up by the fact your bird was in a tree

I'd agree with this.

> (not sure I've ever seen a Wonga Pigeon off the ground, how
> about other birding-aussies?).

Wongas usually feed on the ground but will fly up to the nearest tree when 
disturbed with a loud clapping of wings.  But I've only ever seen Wongas in 
rainforest or at the edge of rainforest.  On the other hand I've seen scrub 
turkeys wandering around suburban streets in Brisbane.

> Are you sure Topknot Pigeon is out of the question? It is
> also grey on the wings and back, and quite large.

I've only ever seen Topknots in groups (hence their other name of Flock 
Pigeon), never on their own, and usually close by on in fruiting trees of some 

The other large pigeon I've seen in the Brisbane region is the Wompoo, but only 
in rainforest (e.g. Mt Glorious) never in suburbia.



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