Doves & Pigeons | Crested Pigeon > iridescence | roosting | water | mixed company

Once restricted to arid and semi-arid regions of inland Australia, the Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) have successfully established themselves as an urban bird, and are widely distributed across the mainland.

One of two species of Australian pigeon, the crested pigeon is sometimes referred to as a topknot pigeon. The crest is thin and black, whilst most of the plumage is grey-brown, although in certain light, such as sunset, it can have a soft dusty blue-grey hue. The wings are barred with black, glossy green and purple patches and it has a pinkish-red ring around the eye.

When startled, the pigeon takes to the air with a lovely characteristic whistling flight.

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