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Brown Cuckoo-dove

The Brown Cuckoo-dove, Macropygia phasianella, is a dove in the genus Macropygia. It is also known by the names of “Brown Pigeon”, “Pheasant Pigeon” and “Cuckoo Dove”. They are located in eastern Australia from Weipa and Aurukun in the north to Bega in the south and most inland at Atherton and Toowoomba. The Brown Cuckoo-dove inhabits rainforest, scrubs and rainforest re-growth areas. Generally, they can be found in open places of low vegetation but can been found in thick rainforests and in the highlands.

The pigeon is from 16 to 17.2 inches in length. Its feathers are of a rich rusty-brown color. The male will tend to have a slight rose/green coloration on their necks. It has a very long tail and short wings. The call of the pigeon is a very loud “whoop-a whoop”.

The pigeons can often be seen in pairs or groups. Its diet consists of berries from both native plants and introduced weed species. They can be nomadic, depending on the supplies of food and have been seen in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and Philippines.

Breeding occurs in spring and summer. The nest is a flat platform of sticks and vines, either in a fork of a tree or on top of a low tree. One creamy, white egg is laid.

Brown Cuckoo-dove