Phaps chalcoptera

Description

The Common Bronzewing is a medium-sized pigeon. The male has a yellow/white forehead and pink breast. Both the males and females have a clear white line around the eye and patches of green, blue and red in the wing. The Common Bronzewing is a cautious pigeon and rarely allows close approach. The juveniles are often duller and browner than the adults.

Distribution

The Common Bronzewing is found throughout Australia except for dense rainforest and treeless areas in deserts.

Lifespan

The life expectancy of a Common Bronzewing is around 6 years.

Size

The size of the Common Bronzewing is 320 - 360mm.

Diet

Grain and seeds.

Habitat

The Common Bronzewing usually live in pairs but can form small flocks. Spend most of day on ground foraging. Prefer to walk but will fly over open country.

Breeding

Saucer of sticks and twigs. Two eggs incubated by both parents in 14 days.

Other Names

Forest Bronzewing, Bronzewin

Voice

Soft “oom” repeated slowly many times and with resonance.