Mainly herbivore. Seeds, leaves, herbs, grasses, small quantities of insects and other invertebrates.
Habitat: Relatively dry, open woodlands, cultivated areas, parks and urban areas. Usually close to water, as it needs to drink every day.
Incubation: 18-20 days / 2 eggs
Social structure: Small flocks of 5-6 birds or large flocks.
Weight: 250g max
Estimated population in the wild: common to abundant
Threats: There are no major threats to this species.
IUCN Status: Least concern
Did you know that:
- When the crested pigeon takes off in alarm, its wings make a characteristic whistling sound that may alert others in the flock to danger
- During the breeding season, the male crested pigeon performs a display flight and courts the female with a ‘bowing’ display.