|Spinifex Pigeons Geophaps plumifera with Euro Macropus robustus, Bladensburg National Park, central Queensland.|
|Common Bronzewing, Merimbula, New South Wales.|
The glorious iridescent wing bars (see also below, in Canberra) are a feature.
|Flock Bronzewing Phaps histrionica, west of Windora, south-west Queensland.|
The apparently odd species name actually comes from Latin for a mime performer, for the strange face mask.
|Spinifex Pigeon (above Bladensburg NP, central Queensland,|
and below Kings Canyon, central Australia).
|Spinifex Pigeons have an always-surprising habit of materialising from the landscape; one moment you are alone,|
the next there are up to a dozen scuttling about on whirring little legs.
|Squatter Pigeons G. scripta (here at Cobbold Gorge, north-central Queensland) are found in the dry east coast |
hinterland from far northern New South Wales to near the tip of Queensland.
|Squatter Pigeons from further north (such as this one from Mareeba) have a red eye ring.|
|Partridge Pigeon, Kakadu National Park, east of Darwin, where they can be quite|
confiding around visitor centres and picnic areas.
|Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Burrunggui (formerly known as Nourlangie Rock), Kakadu NP.|
Both species are often seen out on bare rock, like this. They are most striking birds.
|Crested Pigeon bathing in the sprinkler in our Canberra back yard.|
(The cage is actually to keep green vegetables in and possums out!)
|Diamond Dove G. cuneata at the Diamantina River (perhaps appropriately!), |
far west Queensland. This is a tiny dove, only 20cm long.
|Peaceful Dove, Longreach, central Queensland.|
|Zebra Dove, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.|
|Bar-shouldered Dove, suburban Darwin.|
|Emerald Dove, Lord Howe Island.|
|Topknot Pigeons, Bunya Mountains, southern Queesnland.|