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Crested Pigeon

Crested Pigeon

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Scientific Name:

Ocyphaps lophotes




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

Dimensions: 31-36cm


Lifespan:  10-15

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:

  1. When the crested pigeon takes off in alarm, its wings make a characteristic whistling sound that may alert others in the flock to danger
  2. During the breeding season, the male crested pigeon performs a display flight and courts the female with a ‘bowing’ display.

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