CREATURE FEATURE: Wonga Pigeon

The Wonga Pigeon (Leucosarcia melanoleuca) is a medium-sized bird in the Columbidae family of pigeons.

The Wonga Pigeon is plump with a short neck, broad wings, and a long tail. It is pale blue-grey with black feathers, and a creamy-white head. Its underbelly is white with dotted dark-grey spots, with a white V-shape on its chest. Its eys are dark red-brown with pink eye-rings. Its legs are red. 

Wonga Pigeon

It grows to about 40 centimetres (16 inches) tall,with a wingspan of 62-72 centimetres (24-28 inches).

It is native to eastern Australia, from central Queensland to eastern Victoria. It prefers rain forests, wet eucalyptus forests, coastal forests, walking tracks, and gardens.

It is a shy, elusive bird. It forages for food on the ground. It feeds on fruit, berries, seeds, and sometimes insects.

It is monogamous, with couples mating for life. It builds a twig, platform nest above the ground. The female lays 2 eggs. Both parents sit on the eggs until they hatch after 17-19 days. Both parents look after their young, called squabs. 

It lives, on average, for 3-5 years in the wild.

Wonga Pigeon

Location of photographs: Adelaide Zoo, Australia

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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