Saturday 24 December 2022


The crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. It is the only member of the genus Ocyphaps. Only two Australian pigeon species possess an erect crest, the crested pigeon and the spinifex pigeon. The crested pigeon is the larger of the two species. 

The crested pigeon is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a topknot pigeon, but the topknot pigeon, Lopholaimus antarcticus has a red-brown crest that does not stand erect. The length of the crested pigeon varies from 30 to 34 cm. Colouration is grey with tinges of brown and green. It has a feathered but slender, black spike on top of the head. It runs with the crest erect. The periorbital skin is bright orange. Wings have black stripes and are bronzed, while the primary feathers have colourful areas of brown, purple, blue, and green.

Immature birds have duller colours with no bronzing on the wings. If startled, the crested pigeon takes to the air with a distinctive whistling 'call', the source of the noise can be attributed to the way the air rushes over a modified primary feather found on the wings.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme.



  1. Merry Christmas to you and wish you the best

  2. What a cool looking pigeon, I like their crest. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I wish you joy, peace and all the best in 2023. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  3. Australian birds really are amazing to someone like me, whose birding life has been almost entirely in Europe and the Americas. The uniqueness of all the species is fascinating.

    Have a great Christmas!

    best… mae at

  4. The crest is really standing out!

  5. That is a fancy pigeon. I hope you had a lovely Christmas.


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