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.
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 ''''.
The white-headed pigeon's nest.. more