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White-headed Pigeon ( Columba leucomela) This handsome visitor to our back yard looked very much like a large domestic pigeon with a fluffy white breast and head; the neck feathers separated like gill slits when it extended the neck. The top of the head had a pale yellow wash. The white belly between the legs had grey flecks. The back, wings and tail were a deep grey with a metallic sheen. The edges of the flight feathers had a beautiful brown tinge. The bill was red with a pale tip.<br />
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White-headed Pigeon ( Columba leucomela)

This handsome visitor to our back yard looked very much like a large domestic pigeon with a fluffy white breast and head; the neck feathers separated like gill slits when it extended the neck. The top of the head had a pale yellow wash. The white belly between the legs had grey flecks. The back, wings and tail were a deep grey with a metallic sheen. The edges of the flight feathers had a beautiful brown tinge. The bill was red with a pale tip.
Visited our suburban backyard this morning.

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  1. I guess it brought this weather down south too. Posted 3 months ago

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The white-headed pigeon is a pigeon native to the east coast of Australia, belonging to the same genus as the domestic pigeon ''C. livia''.

The pigeon's habitat is from Cooktown, Queensland to southern New South Wales. It can commonly be found in tropical regions, subtropical rainforest, scrub, watercourses and street trees. Since colonisation of Australia, their numbers have decreased but they have thrived on the introduced Camphor laurel ''''.

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Similar species: Pigeons And Doves
Species identified by Leuba Ridgway
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By Leuba Ridgway

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Uploaded Mar 18, 2017. Captured Mar 17, 2017 08:11 in 18 Grandview Cres, Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156, Australia.
  • SZ-10
  • f/4.1
  • 10/130s
  • ISO200
  • 53.14mm