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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.

Australia has over 20 native species of pigeons, belonging to the family Columbidae. Of these, only two species of Australian pigeons possess an erect crest, the Crested Pigeon and the Spinifex Pigeon. The Crested Pigeon being the larger of the two species.

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.

The crested pigeon is sometimes referred to as a topknot pigeon, which is the common name that given to species Lopholaimus antarcticus along the east coast of Australia.


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

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