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White-headed Pigeon

The White-headed Pigeon, Columba leucomela, is a pigeon native to Australia. It is also known as “Baldy” and “Baldy Pigeon”. The pigeon’s habitat is from Cooktown, Queenstown to southern New South Wales. It can commonly be found in tropical regions, subtropical rainforest, scrub, watercourses and street trees.

The size of the pigeon varies from 15.2 to 16.4 inches. Plumage consists of a white head and breast with glossy back area. The wings and tail are black. The bill is red with a yellowish tip. The eye ring and legs are red and the eyes are pale orange or yellow. Young birds have a gray crown and breast.

The White-headed pigeon’s nest generally consists of scanty twigs and is usually placed high in canopy up to 59 feet. It tends to lay one cream-white egg. Breeding is mostly from October to December. These pigeons are often found alone, in pairs or in small flocks. They feed on fruit in canopy but can also feed on the ground in the open. It also eats fallen grains in cornfields.

White-headed Pigeon


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