ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?

Subject: ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in Brisbane?
From: Wesley Tolhurst <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 06:48:43 +1000
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:35:44 +1000
From: Belinda Cassidy <>
Subject: ID help- Wonga or White headed pigeon in
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Hi all,

Today my partner and I accidently flushed a large pigeon from a small leafy
tree in Mornningside Park, Brisbane, in an area where the pale headed
Rosellas normally feed. We only caught a quick glimpse of it as it flew away
& perched (back facing us), then it flew one more time  into a bigger, even
leafier tree.

> From behind it looked almost completely slate grey or black, which faded
into a more buff colour at the top of its head. Its wings made a distinctive
sound when we flushed it; not quite as loud as a Crested pigeon's `wing
flap', but still loud and distinctive.

Any ideas what this could be? From my bird guide, the possibilities seem to
be either  a Wonga pigeon, or a female white headed pigeon?

Thanks for your help!

I live on the Gold Coast, QLD and have bush behind my place - definately not 
rainforest.  We had a wonga pigeon frequent our backyard for a 6 month period 
this year.  I would often hear and see it in the trees, although it more often 
would be found on the ground.  I've also seen plenty of wongas in the Mt 
Glorious area behind Brisbane.

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