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Crested Pigeon

Ocyphaps lophotes

Columbiformes - Columbidae - Pigeons & Doves

Crested Pigeon - Crested Pigeon

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Crested Pigeon - Crested Pigeon

Wild diet: Diet includes; herb and tree (usually acacia) seeds, cultivated cereal grain, green vegetation and weeds, bulbs and small invertebrates. A study looking into food volume found the diet consisted of 85.5% seeds, 13.5% green leaf and 0.7% insects. In seasons of drought the pigeons mainly feed on Echium lycopsis; an introduced plant species, whereas in seasons of high rainfall the pigeons rely on abundant herbage.

Feeding strategy: Feeds in the evening, exclusively foraging on the ground.

Wild weight ranges: 150 - 250g


Wild data

DeL Hoyo, J., Elliot, A., and Sargatal, J., eds. (1997). Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol.4. Sandgrouse to cuckoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Gibbs, D., Barnes, E., and Cox, J., (2001)., Pigeons and Doves: A Guide to the Pigeons and Doves of the World., Pica Press: East Sussex.

Captive data information

Examples of diets in use

There are no diets in use yet for the Crested Pigeon.

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