Common Bronzewing


Common Bronzewing
Common Bronzewing
Male Common Bronzewing
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Columbiformes
Family: Columbidae
Genus: Phaps
Species: P. chalcoptera
Binomial name
Phaps chalcoptera
(Latham, 1790)

The Common Bronzewing (Phaps chalcoptera) is a species of medium-sized, heavily built pigeon.[1] Native to Australia and one of the country's most common pigeons, the Common Bronzewing is able to live in almost any habitat, with the possible exception of very barren areas and dense rainforests.[2]

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Description

Males of the species have pale-yellow to yellow-white foreheads, and pink breasts.[1][3] Both males and females have an easily discernible white line around and close to their eyes. Common Bronzewings also have patches of red, blue and green on their wings, a feature which is characteristic of all bronzewing pigeons.[1][3] Young birds are usually duller in colour and browner than the mature Common Bronzewing.

Rarely found far from a source of water, Common Bronzewings either travel alone or in pairs or in flocks, and are usually cautious, making approach by humans or other animals difficult.[1] Common Bronzewings are, on average, between 30 and 36 centimetres (12–14 in) in length.[2]

A feather showing the brilliant sheen of the Bronzewing Pigeon

Feeding

The Common Bronzewing's diet primarily consists of seeds and all varieties of vegetables. It searches for food in small groups. The search can sometimes last for days, and, since the pigeon must drink frequently, it utilizes watering holes or any other available source of water.[1]

Breeding

Common Bronzewings construct a rough nest of twigs and sticks, which is placed low down in a tree or bush. The eggs hatch after a period of roughly 14 to 16 days, after being incubated by both the male and the female. Both parents share the responsibility of caring for the young. In common with other pigeons, Common Bronzewings release a milky substance from their crop to feed their young.[3]

Notes


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