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Scientific Name:
Ocyphaps lophotes
CITES:
Insento
Days of Incubation:
22
Days to band:
8
Units per box:
5
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Distribution:
Plumage of the sexes:
Equal
Ring Diameter:
7,00 mm - L
 
 
Crested Pigeon
 
 
  Rola de Crista
 
 
 
 
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Habitat:

The Crested Pigeon are quite plentiful and can be found in most of Australia except in areas of heavy downpour. The preferred arid habitat is an open woodland containing shrubs, trees and is within easy flying distance to the water. They tend to spend most of their time on land still nest and covered in trees.

Reproduction:

The Crested Pigeon tend to produce any time of year but mostly summer and spring. The nest is usually on a platform of twigs located in a tree or shrub. First the male begins his courtship dance by bobbing his head up and down and proceeds as it extends and lifts his tail and his wings half extended. The advertising of a low coos he keeps next to his exposure iridescent green feathers, Balance of them to glimpse into the sunlight. Once a female is attracted, the male then proceeds to launch the female off the nest until she returns as often as necessary for the male to accept her. In a sign of acceptance, she leaps around the dance, this is a sign that the two are united. At this point, they begin to fondle each other excessively in time spans of half an hour at a time. From this point, no other pigeon is allowed near the nest. This exhibition of dating is a biological mechanism of insolation which indicates coupling only between the same species. Once the female recognizes the male of the species there are physiological changes. An example is the ovulation of the female in view of male exposure. The female produces two white eggs with around 33 mm x 24 mm in size. Incubation lasts 16-18 days. The young fledge about 16 days old looking like miniature version of adults, Equipped with colored markings. In three months the young are fully grown.

Diet:

Small insects, green vegetation, small bulbs, and seeds. These seeds are largely of herbaceous plants including Acacia trees. However, recently they were found eating exotic seed crops and useless herbs too.