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The Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) was once restricted to arid and semi-arid regions of inland Australia. They have successfully established themselves as an urban bird, and are found in many cities along the coast. They are now widely distributed across the mainland.

With a thin black crest, most of the plumage is grey-brown, becoming slightly pink on the underparts. The wings are barred with black, glossy green and purple patches. It has a pinkish-red ring around the eye.

If startled, this pigeon takes to the air with a characteristic whistling flight.

There are only two species of Australian pigeon that have an erect crest on the head, the crested pigeon (sometimes referred to as a topknot pigeon) and the spinifex pigeon.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Columbiformes
  • Family: Columbidae
  • Genus: Ocyphaps
  • Species: O. lophotes
  • Binomial name: Ocyphaps lophotes