Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Spinefex Pigion

Today I decided to write about a rather special pigeon.

The Spinifex Pigeon is one of two types of Crested Pigeon. The typical grey crested pigeon is very common; however, the spinifex pigeon is something rather special to behold. It also has a very large range of calls too. They are very distinctive in nature; between comfort, danger, and also attraction to one another as breeding season is about to begin.

These are incredibly tough birds and they can withstand the desert heat very well. The orange-brown colours blend extremely well with the desert sand, and they have two short and stumpy legs to move around on. At times appearing to be a bit comical in nature.

These birds represent something very different to me though. About 4-5 months ago I was writing about the grey crested pigeons in the highlands of NSW. When I was thinking in the back of my head; that I will never get the chance to ever see one of these spinifex pigeons because there would be absolutally no need or desire to ever go to the NT. As it would turn out life is very comical, and I now live and work in the NT.

So here we are, with a near perfect photograph of what could be my new favourite Pigeon.

Tags: australian wildlife, birds, spinefex pigion
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