Pigeons and Doves

Rock Dove (Columbia livia) INTRODUCED

A bird list wouldn’t be a bird list without a ‘feral pigeon’ in it! Surprisingly, these pigeons are not a common sight in The Cape which is good. Although maligned, they are a beautifully coloured bird with iridescent plumage. They are more likely to be seen around the housing areas and bordering the ‘old’ Cape hamlet.

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) INTRODUCED

Another introduced bird – so you think you would see them regularly amongst the home habitat – but surprisingly, the Spotted Dove is not common about The Cape and are mainly seen in the coastal reserve bushland with the occasional foray into the built up environment.

Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes)

Crested Pigeons are an indigenous species and common within The Cape. They are easily seen in the grassy open spaces and along the restored creek line where they are seen feeding along with Galah and Eurasian Skylark. There is a flock of around a dozen birds seen commonly. They are an attractive bird with iridescent wing markings – seen when the sun hits their body. They are also noticeable by loud wing clap noises in flight. When landing, the tail is pointed vertically and then moves into a horizontal position.

Nature Observations around The Cape

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